Using smartphones in the classroom

Using smartphones in the classroom

Hi fellow teachers,

I’ve been trying something different these days, and I want to get your reaction to it.

For a few years, I’ve been making videos for the Nice Talking with You YouTube page. They’re just short monologs, but they get a lot of views, so I guess students like them.

But now, I want to take it a step further. Everyone’s talking these days about using smartphones in the classroom, right? I made a short quiz to accompany the videos, so students can listen and see if they understand. Oh, and I added the script, because students sometimes ask for it. (I always hesitate to do that because some learners turn a listening comprehension activity into a reading comprehension activity. Oh well.)


Anyway, little by little, I’m building up a number of activities for our students. Short and simple. I tested them on my first-year students. I sent them the URL, and they did the whole thing on their smartphone, in class.
Most of them finished the task in about 4 minutes and got an average score of 3 out of 4. Sweet!
Please take a look at the quiz by pressing the button. If you think it’s something your students can benefit from, please share it with them!


And if you have a comment or a suggestion about this, please drop me a note here on the blog.

English Speaking Practice for Nice Talking with You students in Mexico

English Speaking Practice for Nice Talking with You students in Mexico

How about some speaking practice? Even if you can’t talk with an English native speaker, you can try to listen to one and imitate the speaker’s pronunciation or intonation!

The website has a lot of practice material for everyone. This week, the website has had a bunch of visitors from beautiful MEXICO!

Thanks to:

Karina L	Alejandra D
David T     	Gio
Manuel H.   	Anel G
Elena d.    	Pedro A
Francisco R 	Esmeralda
Adriana O   	Gabriela T

mexico-nicetalkingwithyouI don’t know how many teachers in Mexico are using Nice Talking with You, but I’m thrilled that so many students took the time to check out the ESL materials available on the site! In fact, here’s something I made today just for our Mexican friends. Watch the video and listen. See the words in yellow? Stress those words when you repeat. It will be a nice way to get some English speaking practice. Enjoy!