https://www.text2mindmap.com/ is a practical free online tool which can be used while introducing vocabulary and preparing vocabulary posters .
I generally use it to introduce vocabulary, and collocation as well as phrasal verbs.
Learning collocations is essential to be able to write; and https://www.text2mindmap.com/ enables students to learn collocations easily.
In my experience, what students find a challenge while writing paragraphs or essays is to provide the correct collocations. When collocations are introduced to students in mindmaps, students find them much easier easier to learn.
The mind map on the left is what I used while introducing the phrasal verbs with the verb “look”. After I reflected the phrasal verbs on the whiteboard, we first went over each one, and I wrote one sample sentence for each one. Next, I asked my students to produce one sample sentence for each one of them. Then, I grouped the students in four and assigned them to write a paragraph using as many of the phrasal verbs in the mind map as possible. While they were writing their paragraphs, I walked around the classroom visiting each group. I observed what they were writing, made some corrections and answered their questions. After they all finished their paragraphs, I collected their paragraphs and checked them. The next day, I allowed them to spend five more minutes on their tasks, namely on their paragraphs so that they could correct the indicated mistakes discussing in their groups. I collected the papers again to make the final corrections. The last step to complete the task was to ask them to write their final draft on a word document illustrating it with relevant pictures from the web, and send the final draft to me. Well, I thought I could even go further with the exercise. After collecting the six paragraphs my students wrote, I prepared six cloze tests based on their stories using http://www.learnclick.com/, which I had written about in my previous post. The cloze test I prepared targeted to check only the phrasal verbs with ‘look’. Every Monday during the following six weeks, I used one cloze test to revise the phrasal verbs on ‘look’
In A1 level, I introduced the collocations of the verb ‘have’ using https://www.text2mindmap.com/. I followed quite a similar procedure to the one I have explained about .
I also refer to https://www.text2mindmap.com/ in my writing classes while brainstorming to generate ideas for writing classes.
I go to https://www.text2mindmap.com/ and write the topic in the editing box.
After grouping the students in fours or fives, I allow them 5 minutes to brainstorm on the topic so that they can come up with ideas, and tell them that they they should write their ideas in the editing box within five minutes.
When the time is over, we end up with several ideas, then I give the groups another five minutes to discuss how they can justify their ideas by explaining it, providing details and giving examples. Next, each group justifies their ideas and others take notes while they are talking. After that we vote to choose the best three ideas to write about in the body paragraphs of our essay. Then, students writing their group essays. They write the introduction paragraph together . This is a great chance for them to practise speaking because they need to discuss how to narrow it down and agree on one solid thesis statement. After they complete their introduction, each member of the group focuses on one body paragraph and using the notes they have taken, they complete writing their individual body paragraphs.
Before adding their body paragraphs to the introduction they have written together, they peer check what they have written and finally, they write up the essay and hand it in to me.
The tasks above are some of how I use https://www.text2mindmap.com/ in my classes and I am sure you can come up with a wider and more amazing variety of ideas on this.
I have been following the blog http://www.engames.eu/ for some time now and have shared several of the posters published there with my students, who find them helpful in terms of summarizing what they have studied and providing visual help to go over some vocabulary and grammar items. The posters are accompanied by games and / or some exercises too, and I believe this makes it more enjoyable both for teachers and students.
The poster above is a nice example from http://www.engames.eu/ and it also provides some games and exercises. After students revise the theory over the poster, they them practise using defining relative clauses with games such as Defining relative clauses – Penalty and Defining relative clauses – En Garde . Finally , they can do the cloze test too. Defining relative clauses – Cloze test.
I definitely believe your students will enjoy practising with http://www.engames.eu/
Preparing cloze tests to supplement your course material is unbelievably easy with www.learnclick.com
I have tried a variety of different available online so far, but among them, www.learnclick.com stands out as preparing cloze tests from authentic materials using www.learnclick.com takes relatively shorter .
All you need to do is to find texts related your theme and copy and past it into the editing box of www.learnclick.com. You can make changes in the text to match your target grammar or vocabulary items . Next, you choose the cloze test format you want to apply and click on the “Show the Quiz” button. You proofread the cloze test generated and if there is no need for further editing, you can save your quiz
This week our theme was crime and we studied the vocabulary on crime. I googled one of the words we studied and found an article. Then, following the steps above, I have created a brand need cloze test to supplement what I have covered for the last week.
www.learnclick.com is a great tool to generate your own cloze test in a short time, and I am sure you will also find it worth trying.
http://www.howjsay.com/ is a great and practical tool for students to hear the correct British and American pronunciation of the words they are learning. All they need to do is to type in the word whose pronunciation they would like to hear, and submit it.
What my students always find it difficult while writing is to supply the correct prepositions, adjectives or adverbs that go with each other. This is actually what I find myself correcting while checking homework or writing tasks. While teaching writing, I always encourage my students to use www.ozdic.com , which is a free online collocation dictionary.
What I like most with www.ozdic.com is the sample sentences given with almost every entry. My students have vocabulary logs where they write the collocations, synonyms , antonyms, and derivatives of each word they learn. I also prepare electronic flashcards for the vocab items of every week. At first, I do not include any sentences with the flashcards which can be accessed through the computers and mobilephones of the students. I generally prefer using www.quizlet.com and www.studyblue.com to prepare the electronic flashcards. The vocabulary task for each student is to study the flashcards and copy them down into their vocab logs with sample sentences. Each entry they have on their vocab logs should have two sample sentences : one from www.ozdic.com and one they make up. On Thursdays, I assign them to write a paragraph using as many of the words they have learnt that week as possible. After I collect and check the vocab logs on Friday, I go back to the electronic flashcards I have prepared and add the original sample sentences of my students to them indicating who the sentences have been written by. My students really enjoy going online to the edited electronic flashcards to find out whose sentences have been included. While reading through the flashcards, they revise the vocab items once more again:)
Well, this is how I have been using www.ozdic.com , but I am sure you can find many other ways to encourage your students to use it.
Thanks to www.ozdic.com, collocations are no longer difficult to learn.