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LetterPOP is a cool way to create newsletters and then distribute them, not just with email, but with Facebook, Twitter and with a permanent URL.

Check out LetterPOP.com


Oxford Dictionaries Spelling Challenge

This program allows you to test your listening and spelling skills with the Oxford Dictionaries Spelling Challenge. It lets you listen to the words then type them. You can also select your level and choose between UK or American English.



WriteType is a free, Open Source, program that helps younger students experience success in writing. It is designed especially for schools to transform technology from a barrier into an opportunity for success. Some major features include: Word Completion — As students type, word suggestions appear on the right-hand side of the screen to complete the word being typed. Clicking on the desired word will finish the word. WriteType will also learn a student’s habits over time and make more relevant suggestions based on what has already been written. Reading Back the Document — WriteType will read back written text, allowing students to catch errors they may not have caught reading it back themselves. Highlighting — Sections of the document can be quickly highlighted while typing or while listening to the document being read back. This lets students quickly flag areas they need to go back and review. Grammar checking — WriteType will underline simple grammar and formatting mistakes in the document, and offer to make the necessary revision. Auto-correction — Common errors, such as typing isnt instead of isn’t, will be corrected automatically without the need for intervention. It is a writing software that should be very helpful for the EFL writer.


Online flashcards for learning and teaching English

Among many paid services, the coursehero.com website offers a free digital flashcard service. Digital flashcards are a quick and easy online study tool that can help you learn English vocabulary in a fun and interactive way. This is how it works: one side of the flashcard shows you a term or an image. Click to ‘flip’ the card to see the other side, with the definition. Or you can see the definition and guess the term, clicking ‘flip’ to see if you were correct. Click sample sentence or hint links to see more clues.You can shuffle and cycle through the cards an unlimited number of times randomly until you know all the terms. A complete list of terms and definitions is shown at the bottom of the page for those that prefer lists and printable charts.

When you`re ready, you can click ‘ Take Quiz’ to check your learning progress. This presents a randomized multiple choice quiz based on your words and terms. A great learning tool! Faster than making paper flashcards, with the added advantage of using images instead of words, and the bonus service of taking a multiple choice quiz to really help you discover how well you (or your students) know the material before a real exam.

Here`s how to make a flashcard set.
1. Register by clicking Sign Up. It`s free to register.
2. Click on the menu item ´flashcards` , then click the submenu option, ‘Create Flashcards’
3. Enter the information they prompt you for (name of your flashcard set, for example. Q Skills 2 Unit 8, short description: description: English vocabulary; category: English Language Learning)
4. Then you can just type in a term or upload an image, type in your own definition click to accept the suggested dictionary definition for it, and add a hint note or sample sentence or both.
5. Saved sets can be accessed by clicking ‘Flashcards ‘ and ‘My Flashcards’ for future reference.

Happy flashcarding!