PacktLib: Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching

Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching


About the Author

About the Reviewers


What Does Moodle Offer Language Teachers?

What is Moodle?


Who is this book for?

Why another book on Moodle?

Communicative Language Teaching

Getting Started with Moodle

Part 1: Overview of Moodle

Part 2: Site administration how-tos

Part 3: Some useful external programs and resources

Part 4: General design principles for creating a good Moodle course

Vocabulary Activities

Activity 1: Setting up a class glossary

Activity 2: Using a Glossary to create a "word of the day" feature

Activity 3: Using comments in the Glossary module for students to comment on keywords

Activity 4: Using the rating facility to provide feedback on students' definitions

Activity 5: Using tags to highlight vocabulary and link to example stories

Activity 6: Using polls to vote on the meaning of words

Activity 7: Using a chat session transcript to analyze vocabulary errors

Activity 8: Using a Personal Glossary to set up simple individual vocabulary lists

Activity 9: Creating a crossword in Hot Potatoes

Activity 10: Using a Database to set up categorized vocabulary lists

Activity 11: Creating a gap-fill using the Quiz module

Activity 12: Creating a text/text matching activity using the Quiz module

Speaking Activities

Activity 1: Helping students improve pronunciation using the Forum module

Here's how to do it

Activity 2: Creating a word stress matching activity using the Quiz module

Activity 3: Adding a sound extension to vocabulary lists

Activity 4: Using OUwiki to help students learn by repeating

Activity 5: Dialog Minus One — helping students build dialogs using a podcast

Activity 6: Preparing for class speaking practice using a Wiki

Activity 7: Preparing a class discussion using Chat

Activity 8: Producing presentations using an OUblog

Activity 9: Presenting a monolog using the Quiz module

Grammar Activities

Activity 1: Creating a Podcast lecture to present grammar in a lively way

Activity 2: Using the Lesson module to get students to notice grammar points

Activity 3: Using polls to get students to vote on the correctness of grammar items

Activity 4: Practicing grammar through dictation

Activity 5: Using the Quiz module to practice grammar

Activity 6: Using a chat session transcript to analyze grammar errors

Activity 7: Peer grammar review using the Forum module

Activity 8: Providing feedback on grammar using the Assignment module

Reading Activities

Activity 1: Using Forum for a book discussion

Activity 2: Using Web pages to read and listen

Activity 3: Using Choice for voting on texts

Activity 4: Using Blog to explore texts

Activity 5: Using Questionnaire to explore texts

Activity 6: Using Hot Potatoes to investigate texts

Activity 7: Using Lesson for text prediction

Writing Activities

Activity 1: Raising awareness of text structure using Quiz

Activity 2: Practicing register using Lesson

Activity 3: Using Mindmap to brainstorm writing assignments

Activity 4: Producing effective personal profiles

Activity 5: Using Journal for reflective or private writing

Activity 6: Using a Blog or Web page for creative writing

Activity 7: Writing encyclopedia entries using Glossary

Activity 8: Promoting fluency writing using Chat

Activity 9: Using Assignment to submit and evaluate semi-authentic writing

Activity 10: Writing a slideshow commentary using Forum

Activity 11: Summarizing RSS news items

Activity 12: Collaborative writing using Wiki

Listening Activities


Sources of listening material

Showing the text before listening

Activity 1: Using Forum to motivate students

Activity 2: Using Mindmap to anticipate content of a recording

Activity 3: Investigating texts using Quiz

Activity 4: Prediction activity using Lesson

Activity 5: Reviewing recordings using Choice

Activity 6: Reviewing recordings using Questionnaire

Activity 7: Developing students' critical faculties through online discussion about recordings they've listened to


Assessing language — working through an example

What is assessment: A brief overview of assessment and how Moodle supports it

Who is assessing whom?

Moodle assessment tools

Moodle Gradebook

Useful Moodle add-ons


Extended Activities

Planning a sequence of activities

What this chapter covers





Activity 1: Supporting student investigation of knowledge or issues using the Webquest module

Activity 2: Creating a display of student work using the E-Portfolio block

Activity 3: Using Workshop to support iterative writing

Activity 4: Using Reader to create an extended reading program