Top ESL Learning Tools

Here are my favorite online tools. Click on them to find out how to use them in an ESL classroom.
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According to the 8th annual survey conducted by the Center for Learning and Performance technologies (C4LPT), Twitter is the #1 learning tool. Strangely enough, I haven’t found a way to use Twitter in the classroom. Here is the slideshare published by the folks at C4LPT that introduces all the learning tools voted in the top 100 for the year 2014.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.11

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on the topic of technology.


In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.

To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge. You should write at least 250 words.


Note the structure of the question: there are two sentences that tell you the topic. Then comes the question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree?” This is followed by another sentences giving you further instructions on what to include in the essay. (more…)

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.7 – Model answer

Here is the answer to the question I posted last week. 

New technology can both benefit and harm the scope of employment. There are numerous jobs that have been created due to technology in many fields since new inventions have led to roles that were not previously needed.  Developments in fields such as biotechnology, intellectual property and computer engineering have led to a variety of jobs that were not foreseeable. Such developments then create a foundation for further progress and in such a cycle, jobs will always be needed to keep up with the current technology.  The patterns of employment have also changed with today people working for employers and organizations that are situated on the other end of the world. Since we are now able to communicate globally, there is a lesser need for employees to be located in the city of the business they are working. Flexible options such as work from home and video conferencing have increased the ease of working. It is easier to gain information about things not known to us such as studying abroad and so, more people are working beyond their natural environment and getting jobs in situations they could not have known without such technology.

There is no doubt that evolving technology can also signify a decrease in the demand for human labor. Industries that now rely on machinery or technological processes can eliminate human interaction such as the surge in online shopping cuts retail jobs. We are more independent today with all the facilities available to us that we do not need the services of others as much in some industries such as travelling for example. While travel agents were the norm before, today with the Internet we can book and plan our own trips.

So, new technology impacts each sector in a diverse way and it could either be beneficial for some and detrimental to others.


IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Q.5 – Model answer

Here’s an answer for the question on technology I posted last week. 

Undoubtedly the most common equipment used in workplaces nowadays is a computer. It is difficult to think of any profession that does not need the use of a computer as they have replaced paper as an integral part of our work process. They increase the efficiency and productivity of work by making it faster and simpler to do tasks such as computing, writing, making presentations, keeping databases, filing systems and track records. Massive amounts of data can be analyzed quickly. Several sectors have been transformed because of computers such as banking, commerce and even entertainment. Today there is content being produced solely for online viewing and so, computers have led to another medium of viewing entertainment. Animation as an industry became possible courtesy computers.

Communication has been made much easier with the advent of computers. We can now connect and communicate with people all over the globe and this means that our jobs are not geographically limited. It makes our world a lot more interconnected and smaller in terms of access to opportunities.  It also makes it easier for organizations to ensure a smooth flow as people are constantly reachable for feedback, to rectify mistakes, to collaborate and coordinate with other employees as well.

Information is now available on our tips, all we need to do is browse the Internet and this makes research based work simpler today. It is possible to be more comprehensive and thorough in our work as there are considerable resources at our disposal to find out more about a topic. All kinds of work is possible on the computer and so, it is the most used equipment used in any sphere of work today.