Saturday, 8 November 2014

A winning combination: Fraze.it & Phraseum

 Fraze.it is a fantastic site for learners to find out how to use a word or phrase.   Here's an example exploring the word distorted


However, there's more...  If you scroll down, you'll see it also provides definitions, synonyms and classifications to support meaning and form.


If you continue scrolling, you'll see scrollable images to further support meaning:


As I think you'll agree, it is an amazing resource.  This week I discovered another tool called Phraseum by taking part in #ELTchat -   Ways of making authentic material accessible to students in class.


On investigation, I discovered that Fraze.it and Phraseum work really well together.  Having followed Nik Peachey's advice on how to use Phraseum , I signed up and discovered that using the clipping button and choosing  Fraze.it as the source, meant that not only would learners have a record of use, meaning and form, but also a superb tool for organisation and storage in Phraseum.  I used a phonemic script typewriter to also include a record of pronunciation.


When you click on the contextualised sentence, you can see the source link ...




and then by clicking on the Fraze.it source link, you see further contextualised examples, definitions, classifications and images - as highlighted at the beginning of this blog post.

I created this first attempt at one way of using Phraseum and Fraze.it as an example for my C1 learners  to show them an alternative way to record, save, organise and review vocabulary by starting to make a phrasebook for vocabulary in Unit 7 of the course book we are using. 

I look forward to exploring different ways of using Phraseum with language learners, such as clipping phrases from the internet to record and store useful chunks of functional language. 

Hope students are as excited as I am when I show them ... 
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