Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Listen, Learn & Practice English through Music

Hi everyone,

I'm sure everyone knows about different music related tools, apps and websites which we (instructors) can make use of in our classes and through which our students can practice English.

I'm going t write about three of them.

1- I guess https://lyricstraining.com/  is one of the most popular ones. They have lots of songs and their lyrics.  You can create a user account to save and monitor your scores or you can play as a guest. What you do is simple. You pick your song and then the level. The music starts playing showing the lyrics as subs. The music stops at certain points showing dots/blanks instead of some of the words. Now, we need to type in or choose the correct word so that the music will continue playing. It's good for spelling, pronunciation and listening practice I guess.

Lyricstraining. Song: I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen.

The next two are actually apps that work together with Spotify.

I'm not going to write about Spotify here. However, simply put: it is an app that lets you create playlists on/offline and discover other playlists created by other people. The app gives you recommendations base don the types of music you listen to.

Now.. Practicing English...Here are two apps that work with Spotify to can change the music listening experience into English practice..
The first one is Musicmatch. I use the app on my phone.
Musicmatch provides the lyrics of many songs. The app opens  when you start to listen to songs on Spotify. As you can see in the screenshot above, the lyrics are shown as the song continues. So instead of seeing the complete lyrics, you just see the part that being played. This could be good for singing a long; thus, might provide pronunciation, listening, vocabulary and spelling practice.

The next one is Genius
Genius is similar to Musicmatch but it not only shows you the lyrics but provides some information about the song, the artist, band, the lyrics, background to the song etc. Thus, it becomes a resource to learn more about the song that you are listening to. I guess, it may be very useful for reading & understanding, listening, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary.

I hope you & your students benefit from these and other similar apps...Let's put those smart machines into smarter use...

Rock'n Roll...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

some reading materials online

Hi everyone,

The website below might be useful regarding variety in terms of reading in
or out-of-class for us and our students. Just have a look, there might be
different ways to use this.


The stories published are intended for children but every story has a
detailed activity document, which we might make use of in our classes as
well. At the moment we don't have the books but all stories are read by
famous people. Thus, it is possible to use them as listening activities.
Students might make use of them in their free time as well.

I've asked the library to purchase the books but don't know when and if
it'll be possible.

Another online material or source is:



This web-page is a very simple story map maker. It focuses on chaacter
analysis, conflict, location etc., and the map-maker asks a couple of
questions which help analyze the story or text. There are other story
map-makers too but this one looks easy to use and it also gives a print
option of the maps. It might be useful.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi everyone,
Here is something you might be interested in if you can cross the border. (via Steve Neufeld).


Presentation by Cliff Parry on Teaching Values – Developing Active Citizenship Skills

Friday, January 13, 2017

FYI Via Steve:)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you about the 18th INGED International ELT
Conference to be hosted by İstanbul Aydın University, Preparatory School on
20-22 October 2017.

We are also happy to announce our plenary speakers:

*Prof.Dr. Birsen Tütüniş *

*Prof. Dr. Peter Medgyes*
*Assoc.Prof.Dr. Richard Smith*

Attached please find the call for papers and the link to submit your

Warm regards,


inged.org.tr <http://www.inged.org.tr>