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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.

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!

THINGS YOUR ENGLISH BOOKS DON’T TELL YOU

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…

MASTERING ENGLISH FASTER WITHOUT SPENDING MUCH MONEY

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Being able to mastering English is a kind of common dream of many people. Some people achieve mastery by attending an expensive English class or by flying to English-speaking countries to study English, while some people spend no cost at all to be fluent in English—both writing and speaking. If you have to choose, which method will you use?

Flying to an English-speaking country to study English is an expensive dream, although it’s a ‘powerful’ and ‘fast’ way to achieve your goal. But, how if you have no much money, want to be soon mastering English, and expect the same result as studying abroad? Read more…

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.

Read more…

WHAT IS THE REAL CONCEPT OF ACTIVE LEARNING?

October 11, 2010 6 comments

discussionWhat we teach to our students, always bring different impacts. Sometimes, our students easy to forget what we have taught. It usually happens when we do passive teaching (we teach for a while, write on the whiteboard, give a task, and we only have a sit while waiting for our students to finish their task). Passive teaching will never reach the main purpose of teaching process itself.

There are several reasons about why our students are easy to forget what they have heard from us. One of those interesting reasons is the difference of speaking speed level (of the teachers) and the listening speed level (of the students). Confucius (Great Chinese Philosopher) said:

What I hear, I forget

What I see, I remember

What I do, I understand

And Mel Silberman (www.activetraining.com) said:

What I hear, I forget

What I hear and see, I begin to understand

What I hear, see, discuss, and do, I acquire knowledge and skill

What I teach to another, I master

These statements are the basic concept of active teaching-learning process. If we (as a teacher) can understand these statements, I am sure that we can create meaningful teaching-learning process by creating activities that support our students to improve their English skills. Based on the statements above, we can conclude that why our students’ abilities in English are never improve is because:

  1. Sometimes we only ask them to listen to us
  2. Sometimes we give them no chance to see and feel what is the real application of using English

So, what are they ways out?

  1. Leave your classic class where you teach and your student sit to listen to you. Why don’t you try to order your students to teach their friends a simple material? Besides they will get new experience and self confidence, they will be more understand and master the material they deliver (concept of “what I teach to another, I master”).
  2. Play video, film, slide show, or other kinds of visualization to increase the understanding of your students (concept of “what I hear and see, I understand”).
  3. If your class cannot be set into fun class because maybe you think it will be time consuming and far from curriculum’s demands, build an English club where you can avoid the curriculum’s demands and handbook, and where you can do much more activities but still can reach the purpose of teaching-learning process (the improvement of students’ skills). But later, if you have built an English club, don’t teach your students as you teach in the classroom. Teach your students to be brave, teach them about debating, teach them how to prepare an English retelling story competition, give them fun activities or join an English camp/English radio program (if available in your town), etc.

If you think you know your students’ condition, why don’t you try to help them to get good progress in English? Give various activities, not additional homework that you think will make them better in English. Better in mark? Maybe yes. But they will not understand what they have written.

Another source: How To Build A Fun English Class

CREATIVE MEDIA FOR STUDENTS

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

majalah sekolahBuilding an ideal English class is (sometimes) hard even with a lot of fun activities. However, the word “class” creates an image: boring room. So, what are other ways out, to make our students enjoy their English? There are several activities to keep your students’ mood in learning and practicing their English. Of course, the activities must be various from time to time.

Creating interactive, fun, up date, and useful activities for your students is something easy.

Step number one, find out what is your students’ mostly like? Reading magazine? If so, invite them to create a bulletin/magazine for class, club, or school. Why create bulletin/magazine, not reading as their interest? Of course, if you ask them to read a magazine you bring then discuss it, they will get bored soon. Right?

When I was studying at the college, I and my friends also organized a campus bulletin called “The Creative Minority”. All contents were in English and were “hunted” by my reporters after the class. So fun and useful for our English development. We published it every month with various themes. We talked about Kartini day, Education day, etc. We also wrote about tips for learning English, poem (created by my friends), short story, etc. It was wonderful.

Then, if your students love to sing and play guitar, make an English musical class. Ask them to create their own English song to be performed in front of the class or in the end of semester. Make this as a creative project!

Or, if your students love to listen to the radio, build your own radio broadcast at school or bring them to the radio station with English broadcast. If it possible, make a relationship with the radio station to hold an English session for the students. Being a broadcaster, I am sure that it is a dream of some of your students.

Step number two, make an outdoor activity. You can hold it in the school yard or somewhere that you think can support your teaching-learning process. The most important thing is cheap, fun, and get to the materials. Just do something out of your class!

Two steps above are only about how you deliver the materials in different way. If you usually teach your class with conventional method (write, explain, and give homework), now it is your turn to build new English class. Create a drama show, hold English camp, organize internal competition such as retelling story or debating championship among your classes, create an English radio broadcast at school, create a school magazine, etc. Then, in each activities you hold, you can “insert” the materials as demanded by curriculums.