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Inspiration Lane Blog: Reading

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.inspirationlane.blogspot.com/

Website Example: http://inspirationlane.blogspot.com/

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, and speakers (for class presentation)

Activity Description

This Web site is an online blog/magazine for ESL that contains content which changes daily because the entries are embedded gadgets and Web content that is automatically updated on a regular basic (such as "This Day in History," "Quote of the Day," and "Article of the Day." The Web site can be used with an interactive whiteboard for whole class activities, especially as warm-ups at the beginning of class or fillers at the end of class.

Preparation

  • Preview the Web site to see the different entries. Be warned that some content changes daily, so view the site on the day that you plan to use it in class to see what content is displayed.
  • Ideas for ways to use the site are found in the right sidebar. Choose one and proceed. You may have to scroll quite a way down the screen to find the entry you want to use.
  • If you choose a listening activity, you will need speakers and/or headphones.
  • Make sure that the Web site is not blocked at your school site. The sound files under "Elvis says..." come from a site in Argentina, which may be blocked.

How-To

  1. Select which activity you would like to do in class.
  2. Open the Web site and project the site from the instructors computer to a whiteboard or screen.
  3. Complete the activity with students.

More Ways

All the different ways the author has for using this site can be found in the sidebar on the right. There are at least 12 differnt ideas.

Levels

  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information

Basic Communication

  • (2.7) Understand aspects of society and culture
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.