Posts Tagged ‘Fun English Activities’


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:



My pretty and cute sister, Puput Tri Widiastuti
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!


  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.


May 10, 2015 4 comments

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 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 now and have a nice day!


March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You

For about a month ago, I bought a very interesting book entitled “Things Your English Books Don’t Tell You” from Buku Kita. The book contains a lot of information that can be rarely found in the common English text books (and also in the classroom).

The contents of the book were actually a compilation of tweets by @englishtips4u. But, although the book was “developed” from tweets on Twitter, it doesn’t literally mean that the book only contains short sentences as on Twitter. So, would you like to read further about the book? Here we go: Read more…


February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

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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April 11, 2011 4 comments

Some of us are often confuse and feel not confident when we must write in English. The most popular reason is about grammar. But now, by visiting we will be helped to construct perfect writing because this site will check the gaffes of our writing from the grammar side, punctuation, and style. Another feature of this site is the ability of checking the possibility of plagiarism. You only need to copy and paste your text into a space given. After a few minutes checking, this site will show you the statistic contains possibility of plagiarism, revision suggestion, style suggestion, spelling check, grammar, and punctuation.


Check Your Grammar

Check Your Grammar

The picture above was taken from on Sunday, March 29, 2011 when I tried to “test” one of my articles. The result could be seen as above. I got so many corrections in contextual spelling check, grammar, punctuation, style, and words choice. But globally, I got 75 points as my score and my article was original (contains no plagiarism).

If you are writing for a serious purpose (paper or web site / blog), you better try this site to improve your writing capability. Because this site also helps us by showing “where we should focus on” in writing.


October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever given a quick quiz to your students before the main lesson? If you haven’t, maybe it’s a good time to do quick quiz. The purpose is very simple: make your students to speak even only in one sentence. It’s good to improve your students’ bravery and self confidence in practicing English.

OK, what is it actually?

Quick quiz I mean here is a short general question such as about knowledge (not always about the lesson you have / will be given). For example:

  • What is the 3rd planet in our solar system?
  • Where is the Great Wall located?
  • What is the currency of Italy?
  • Etc.

But, giving only question will not stimulate your students to totally involve in quick quiz. Make this as a “race”. So, try to give special point for every question they answer correctly. Surely, they will love to get good mark.


September 29, 2010 1 comment

DiscussionSurely, the difficulties in teaching-learning English are not something new, right? A lot of students still recognize that English is still difficult to learn. And actually, teachers can use various methods to help students to learn English faster and easier. Start to leave your handbook and try following methods: Read more…