Website Update February 2023

One of the major projects I have been working on in the background deals with editing the transcripts for my listening activities. When many of them were first created, I sometimes deviated from the script as I was recording to make the conversations sound more natural; as a result, the audio and the transcript did not match at times, and this disparity can lead to some confusion.

Thus, I have been working on updating the transcripts to improve their accuracy, which in turn, will make them even better activities for teachers and learners. I am starting with the Easy Level first, and I will proceed from there. I hope to complete this project sometime during the first part of 2023.

Best,

Randall

Website Update January 2023

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year 2023!

Welcome back, teachers and students!

As I have done in the past, I want to remind teachers and students of the many learning resources on all of my sites.

I wish you a successful year!

Feel free to add a link to any of my Websites in your class syllabus or online course.

  1. Watch my video tutorials on how to use my Website more effectively. Often, people tell me, “Oh, I didn’t know that I could do that on your site!”
  1. Download and share my instructional handouts in PDF format that can help inform others about the site’s content. These are very helpful in spreading the word on how to learn English online. Post them to your social media feeds if you like.
  1. Visit the different sections of my site for audio and video listening practice. Some of these areas include:
  1. Try over 300 vocabulary quizzes that recycle the topics and vocabulary from my listening activities.
  1. Watch over 50 broadcast episodes with teachers and students worldwide, where we discuss language and culture. Each episode contains learning activities to extend your learning.
  1. Enjoy language games that engage learners in fun ways.
  1. Watch my video lessons on useful English idioms.
  1. You can also visit my other online channels for learning content and information:

My other Websites:

Web Site Update November 2022

I really enjoy the fall months before it gets really cold, and it is a great time to get out in the mountains and enjoy the changing leaves and the evolving landscape in preparation for winter. With many holidays around the corner, I want to share this video activity with my daughter, Emily, as she related her experiences in celebrating special days throughout the year. Enjoy.

 

Web Site Update – October 2022

As the fall progresses, and we start to enter the colder months, I reflect on how change is a constant in our lives: the change of the leaves, the transformation of our garden from vivid green to colorful fall pastels, and the evolution my students make in their understanding of the language and the diversity of cultures around them. I remember it was around this time of year back in 1997 when I was working on my Website to launch in 1998. Most of my current students weren’t alive back then, almost 25 years ago, and I recognize my own change as a teacher, father, spouse, friend, and human being.

Embracing change is the only step forward in our lives. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Randall

 

Web Site Update – September 2022

As I posted last month, fall is a time when many schools are back in session, whether that be for face-to-face learning or virtual classes. Many of the projects that I have been working on will continue throughout the fall. Take a look at my post in August for more information. Enjoy!

Web Site Update – August 2022

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, teachers and students!

August is the time of year when many teachers and students around the world return to the classroom, and in preparation for these new beginnings, I want to share with you information about my sites that might jumpstart your classes. I started my Web site in 1998 (Wow! Now, 25 years ago!), and I still enjoy creating content for language learning.

Feel free to add a link to any of my Websites in your class syllabus or online course.

  1. Watch my video tutorials on how to use my Website more effectively. Often, people tell me, “Oh, I didn’t know that I could do that on your site!”
  1. Download and share my instructional handouts in PDF format that can help inform others about the site’s content. These are very helpful in spreading the word on how to learn English online. Post them to your social media feeds if you like.
  1. Visit the different sections of my site for audio and video listening practice. Some of these areas include:
  1. Try over 300 vocabulary quizzes that recycle the topics and vocabulary from my listening activities.
  1. Watch over 50 broadcast episodes with teachers and students worldwide, where we discuss language and culture. Each episode contains learning activities to extend your learning.
  1. Enjoy language games that engage learners in fun ways.
  1. Watch my video lessons on useful English idioms.
  1. You can also visit my other online channels for learning content and information:

My other Websites:

 

 

 

 

Web Site Update – July 2022

Greetings everyone,

The summer has fully arrived, and my classes at the English Language Institute at the University of Utah are winding down. Some people don’t realize that creating Web sites like this one is done completely separate for my regular job, and I enjoy both teaching full time and developing online content in my “free” time.

This past week, I presented at the 8th International English Online Conference with several colleagues on the topic of critical thinking, and I also gave a workshop on developing listening skills. You can download the handout for the sessions HERE.

This summer, I plan on continuing to develop the interviews section of my Web site in which teachers and language learners can listen to authentic and engaging content with my children who are all adults now.  A lot of new content coming. Here is an example:

Web Site Update – June 2022

Hi everyone,

As we approach the middle of the year, I have reflected on the idea of constantly moving forward in all we do, even when things get really hard.

Recently, I completed another ultramarathon in the mountains of Utah, and this running/hiking event covered 50 km of challenging terrain. The results? I ended up being the final finisher. The winner covered the distance in about half the time that I did, and the person probably had time to return home, jump into a jacuzzi, and take a long nap before I ever crossed the finish line.

That said, life is about moving or even falling forward toward your ultimate goal, no matter how long it takes and no matter how many times you stumble.

I follow this mantra in almost all I do, and this includes the development of new content on my Web sites. Just keep the lights on and keep thinking of new ideas for my Web site visitors. My most recent project has been the interviews with my adult children on a variety of everyday topics. Take a look and keep pushing yourself to new heights:

Randall

Web Site Update – May 2022

This update covers the last two months on a significant development on my Web site. In fact, this is a project that has been exiting to unfold, and it includes my children who have been a part of my Web site since 1998. The easiest thing for you to do is to check out this new section on video interviews with accompanying language-learning activities.

Take a look HERE!

Randall