5 Creative Ideas for Boosting Results and Adding Fun in Your Online Language Lessons

Language tutors are a favourite resource in any successful learner’s arsenal. But it’s not always easy to stay excited about your language lessons, and to turn up regularly…If there’s no creativity in online lessons, no one gets to have the results or the fun that they should have. 

No problem! Check out the following 5 ideas for lessons in any language, and you’ll be on to a winner!

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New Podcast! The Full Online Learning Guide with Breanne Dyck

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Welcome to episode 10, a little milestone for the Creative Language Learning Podcast! Thank you guys so much for tuning in, sharing the podcast and responding to it so often.

Do you have any dream guests you'd like to hear from? Special topics, questions or discussions? Leave them in the comments below.

This time, I am talking to an expert in the area of course design and online education. Breanne Dyck knows how to make people learn, she's got lots of information about neuroscience and learnt quite a few languages herself.

It’s not abstract motivation that keeps us going. It’s all about checking in along the way.

In this Interview you'll be finding out about

  • Why languages are the daddy of self-teaching
  • The big mistake all self-learners tend to make
  • Where the MOOC concept comes from
  • What you should consider before you start even looking for an online course
  • The difference between a MOOC, an online course and Duolingo
  • How to avoid wasting money on unsuitable courses

  • What motivation is really about

Click here to Listen on Stitcher and Here to Listen in itunes

Article of the Week

What is a foreign language worth?

Tips of the Week

Out of the following fabulous three tips, Breanne chose number 1 as her Tip of the Week! Keep immersing yourself in the target language through Facebook and practice switching from and to the target language without translating everything in your head.

1) Language Immersion by Facebook on Language Surfer

2) Beat the Leaderboard on Memrise like Leszek Trybala

3) Translate to Beat the Plateau, a tip from Dr Rebecca Braun at the Guardian Live Q&A

Tips and Links from this Podcast

Breanne is holding three major webinars, the Elevate series from 3-6 December 2014. If you're curious about making your own online course, this is THE place to be.

Google, in case you have not heard of it

Rozuku, an easy course creation website

Udemy, an online course marketplace with reviews and thousands of courses

French Grammar for Beginners, my awesome online French course for grammar reference and simple explanations

Lynda.com, online course marketplace

Breanne Dyck's Blog at MNIB, about the science of learning and teaching online

Reddit, where you can find communities about anything and any language

Language Teaching Tools: Kiwiprofessor Talks About Online Platform Gibbon

Hi everyone, How’ve you been?...what’ve you been up to?

I’ve been busy doing different things, in the classroom, on the Net, you know how it is. The world's been busy too, hasn’t it…let's look some of the news:

...there’s never a dull moment!

Some More Tips for Learning Vocabulary

Did you have time to check out Readlang? It's the Vocabulary/Reading app and website that I told you about last week). What did you think? Let me know in the comments or by email, and I’ll pass it on to Steve, the main man.

I’ve been learning lots this week too, and I’ve started using a new Learning & Teaching tool called Gibbon.

Gibbon is a peer-to-peer learning platform where everyone can learn and teach with the help of playlists. A playlist is an easy way to share articles, link, videos and books to learn anything.

I’m really attracted to Gibbon because it’s nice and clean to look at, it’s simple, and it encourages you as you learn. I just feels good.

How to Use Gibbon For Learning Languages

As a teacher, you create a Learning Flow (like a book with Chapters). Each Chapter is an article, a blog post, a video, anything you like from the internet, about your subject.

As a student, you follow the Learning Flow Chapter by Chapter, and learn as you go. Your teacher guides you to the content best suited to what you want to learn.

You know the best things in life are free, that's why Gibbon's good too - Ad-free, Clutter-free, Stress-free, and you-don't-have-to-pay-free! Below, you can see screen shots of the Teachers view, and the Learners view (nearly the same).

This is the Teacher's View of Gibbon.

This is the Teacher's View of Gibbon.

And here you can see what is different in the Learner's view.

And here you can see what is different in the Learner's view.

By the way, while you're visiting Gibbon, why don't you check out Kiwiprofesor's Vocabulary Learning Flow - for Learners, and Teachers of English. Let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading this article on Fluent - The Language Learning Blog. Don't forget - if you sign up to our newsletter, you will receive a free Guide to the Best Language Learning Resources! The Fluent Blog does NOT have any financial relationship with Gibbon or Readlang - our writer Ricky recommended the software because he thinks it's great!