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WE ARE HAVING FUN WITH FABLES. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

June 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Listening Materials Projects

Long time before I post about storynory I had a simple plan to create audio materials to help English learners around me to enhance their listening capability by recording common stories and then upload them here. So, they can listen (or download) the materials for practice and more people can also get the same benefits.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a good voice and good pronunciation to be recorded. So I asked for a help from some friends who concerned about English. Some of them were teachers, English enthusiasts, students, neighbor, friends from different towns, and ex-classmate. I sent a file contained some famous fables by Aesop and other writers. I asked all of my colleagues to record one or two stories while reading the story(ies). After that, they should send the recorded stories to me through e-mail. I said that I would accept any audio file formats (mp3, wav, ogg, etc.).

But I wasn’t luck. Only 3 people sent the recorded stories and the audio quality might not very good since they were recorded using different devices. But, it’s still OK for the beginning. Here are a few of our works:

The Goal of The Project

This “project” was intended to create positive content—a simple listening material—that will support English teaching-learning process, especially listening activities. But not only that, the recording process was also intended to improve our speaking capability. I do hope that by creating this simple audio podcasts, we will improve our pronunciation, reading skill, voice management skill, the skill on using technology to create learning medium, and finally can help listeners (learners) with their listening.

Hall of Fame

I address a big, big, big, and very big thank you to the following people for helping me on this project:

1.

Puput

My pretty and cute sister, Puput Tri Widiastuti

http://puputtriwidiastuti.blogspot.com/
2. Akbar and Wahyu Adi, the students of UMP (Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto), under supervision of my lecturer, Mr. Khristianto
3. Friends who had promised to send their recorded voice in the near future

Without you all, this small project would never run at all. Let’s keep making a crowd!

Disclaimer

  1. The copyrighted image (cover) of “Babu and The Lion” story was taken from here
  2. The copyrighted image (cover) of “Goose That Laids Golden Egg” story was taken from here
  3. The copyrighted images (covers) of “King of The Jungle and A Little Mouse” story were taken from here and here
  4. The copyrighted image (cover) of “The Dog and The Wolf” story was taken from here

The copyright of the images belongs to their respective owner / creator / publisher.

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WANNA DOWNLOAD STORIES IN AUDIO FORMAT FOR LISTENING PRACTICE?

May 10, 2015 4 comments

http://www.storynory.com/

It’s getting harder for me to steal a few hours in the middle of my recent activities, even only to write a short post for this blog. But I had promised myself that posting an article here is as important as my endless daily routines.

In this occasion, I just want to share you about a very nice site where you can take some benefits from.

Do you often need narrative texts to help you teach your students or just as an exercise for yourselves?

Do you often need an audio podcast to train your students or even just to train your listening capability?

If the answers are “YES”, then maybe you want to visit http://www.storynory.com/. There, you are not only able to read various English short stories, fables, and fairy tales by famous writers, but you can also listen to the audio format of the stories and download the audio for later use—free of charge!

Are you interested? Go to http://www.storynory.com/ now and have a nice day!

THE RULES OF CAPITAL LETTER

December 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Unique FontsCapital letters are commonly known to be used in the first word of every sentence. But, besides that, capital letters are also used for the name of people, places, and many more. Here are the complete lists of the usage of capital letters.

Capitalize name of people (including his/her title)

Examples:

  1. Thomas Alfa Edison
  2. Mr. Bill Gates
  3. Professor Williams
  4. Dr. Joseph

Capitalize name of a country, name of areas (including streets, buildings), languages, political regions, specific geographical locations, organizations, and courses

Examples:

  1. Germany, French, Italy
  2. English, Chinese, Telugu
  3. Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, The Grand Opera House, Eiffel Tower
  4. Uluru National Park, Bogor Botanic Garden, Sahara Desert, Seine River, Java Island, Sunda Strait, Pacific Ocean, Mount Merapi
  5. First Avenue, Oak Street
  6. Southeast Asia, Middle East, Far East, Northern Territory
  7. United Nations, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Python Programming Course,

Capitalize names of days, months, and holidays

Example:

  1. Sunday
  2. September
  3. Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day

A METHOD OF TEACHING FIRST ENGLISH WORDS TO YOUR KIDS

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

अनुभव र अनुभूति (Experience and Perception)

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I took this idea from play dough then tweaked it a little bit to make it work for new readers. To make a flip book for your child, you ’ll need the following materials:

  • A small spiral notebook
  • Scissors
  • Two different colored markers

Turn the notebook so that the spiral binding is a t the top. Cut several pages of the notebook in half ( from the spiral to the bottom) . Use one of the markers to write one lowercase letter on ea ch right hand page. I used the letters t, b, p, m, d, f, c. Use a differently colored marker to write the following ending sounds: op, a t, ed, in, u g. Now, have your child turn one page at a time (either the right or left side will work) and sound out the word he creates.

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MAKE A CROSSWORD WITH CROSSWORDS

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment
Crosswords

Crossword Maker

CROSSWORDS. Just as its name, this application offers something related to crosswords. But it is not a crosswords game, it is a crosswords maker. Not only crosswords, it can create a word-search module too.

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TEACHING ENGLISH WITH BRITISH COUNCIL (Part 2)

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment

ENHANCE YOUR STUDENTS’ WRITING SKILL WITH STORY MAKER

Still, I’m going to review one of good services related to teaching and learning English provided by www.teachingenglish.org.uk. This time, I will love to write about “Story Maker” that I found in http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ section.

Story Maker is actually provided for teachers who are teaching English for kids, especially to help teachers and students to make instant but good stories. The basic concept of this flash-based application was so simple: generating simple ideas into full version of stories. There are 3 choices of story backgrounds that can be used to generate stories: mystery/horror, fairy, and science fiction.

No special requirements to use this application, but you need stable internet connection to access it. Then, visit the site: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/. There, you will find the categories to choose. For example, choose the science fiction. After you choose it, you will be guided to a new page of application where you should choose some stuffs as the place settings, the name of characters, the scenery, creatures you might find, etc. In the end, you will get a story with place setting, character’s name, and scenery as you choose in the previous pages. It is so interesting.

Although Story Maker is more suitable to use in teaching kids, but I think it can be used to teach teenagers as well, especially to guide and stimulate them who feel lack of writing capability to write in the right order (applying 5 W + 1 H concept). But, because it’s too much instant and works based on a template, it cannot be used as a writing reference or main writing tool. It’s only a kind of help in practicing a writing activity by rising fantasy or ability to imagine something to be written as a story.