Ready to use learning materials / units

Online units

The BP-BLTM, POOLS, POOLS-2, and POOLS-T projects have resulted in a number of ready to use language learning materials

Online units in other languages developed by project friends

Text based units

Materials and units produced by POOLS friends

One of the projects kindred to POOLS "EuroTraffic Language Training (ETRALT)" run by an international project team from Croatia, Finland, Ireland and Slovenia have just finished the project period and have developed a free online language course for the traffic sector (professional drivers, policemen, students/teachers of traffic schools). The materials are now avilable in 4 languages : EN, FI, HR and SI (any combination of these 4 languages can be used for learning): Go to http://www.languagesforwork.eu/en

Haushaltsplan & Haushaltsbuch

Ich biete auf http://www.kreditzentrale.com/thema/haushaltsplan ein E-Book mit dem Titel "Haushaltsplan & Haushaltsbuch" zum kostenlosen Download an. Download

Viele Grüße,
Thomas Freud

Basque ready to use teaching and learning materials

Chat


Two people meet through a chat forum. They later meet in person and subsequently fall in love.

Watch the video followed by exercises

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Danish ready to use teaching and learning materials

Jul i Danmark

A Danish family celebrates yule (Christmas). We follow the preparations for the yuletide and meet Danish traditions and links to history. The home has been decorated for Christmas with "nisser" (pixies or gnomes), the family decorates the Christmas tree on December 23rd we also meet the family on Christmas Eve, which is the main Christmas event in Denmark. After the Christmas Eve the family and friends celebrate Christmas with lunches on the first two days of Christmas.

Dutch ready to use teaching and learning materials

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English learning materials

Selection of ready to use materials:

Electrical engineering

Wiring a plug

Domotics:

A text demonstrating some advantages of Electrical Intelligent House Installations (DOMOTICS). The text is hyperlinked word by word to dictionaries. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender).

The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.

Click here to start

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PLC Step 7

The texts, audio and exercises are based on original texts from Siemens.com dealing with PLC (Programmable Logic Control). The units contain Technical English and are suitable for e.g. electricians and engineers.

Go to unit one

Go to Unit two

Go to Unit three

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Units for waiters and restaurant employees

Several units produced by Athena College:

The following material has been designed for vocational training courses for waiters/waitresses already employed or unemployed. The trainers can use the material to strengthen their knowledge and skills necessary for the profession and practice and learn English at the same time.

Health Care and Social Work

Engineering, Architecture and Visual Communication

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General

 

 Songs

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Scottish Island Voices

Units produced by SMO

Self-teach and self-test materials for learners of English

The materials on these pages are designed to help English learners teach and test themselves. They are based on real situations, and reflect aspects of life and work in the Hebrides. Learners should already be at pre-intermediate level at least, and extension exercises are included which will also be appropriate for more advanced learners, who may or may not be working in groups.

There are four units of work. They are roughly in ascending order of difficulty, though each unit can stand on its own.

1. Re-Store Furniture Recycling Project
2. Craigard Day Centre
3. Hebridean Food: Cookery Demonstration
4. Hebridean Food: Smokehouse

In order to view the materials properly you will need a PC with a Broadband Internet connection. Download the full 40-item catalogue of Scottish Island Voices videos here. A separate bilingual DVD with all the relevant video material is being made available.

Further details from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, below.

These copyleft materials have been produced by Cothrom Training Ltd, Isle of South Uist, with technical assistance from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye.

Gordon Wells has prepared 20 units making use of a Wordpress blog combined with linking words to dictionaries through Wordling. Try the 20 Wordlinked texts: http://guthan.wordpress.com/series-one/

Revised: 11/24/11.

Gordon Wells has created another English unit with exercises all based on a Wordpress blog try it here

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A fully automatic lawn mower for the homeowner.

Tired of mowing your lawn? Fed-up with your lawn service? Or relying on the neighbor’s team? Robomow is the ultimate in lawn mowing convenience.
Especially designed to mow your lawn completely automatically. Powered by a rechargeable battery, Robomow is extremely quiet and environment friendly.
While Robomow automatically cuts your lawn you can enjoy your free time the way you like most. All Robomow models traverse your lawn in a systematic pattern of zigzag lines, which repeats it self in several different angles.

The text is hyperlinked word by word to dictionaries. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender).

The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes. Click here to start

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London Underground - The Tube

London Underground is a set of seven units full of information (and humour) about the Tube, lines, tickets, tourists, and Americans!-)

The texts, audio and exercises are based on original texts written by Jeff Clark from the Mining Co. Guide. In 1997 Kent Andersen made the first version of web exercises based on Jeff’s texts, this was followed by audio recordings in 1999.

The present version (July 2010) has been compiled using Kent Andersen’s Web Page Text Blender and Hot Potatoes. Each text is linked word by word to 90 languages.

Each of the seven units has a set of multiple choice questions, it is hoped that other teachers will assist with more exercises to the units. Please e-mail ka@ots.dk  with your suggestions.

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Yossi Vardi fights local warming.

The Unit was created in two minutes with the TextBlender. It makes use of a video and text from www.ted.org The unit could be used as a cheer up the class after watching the video "An inconvenient truth". Try it here

The world's biggest Jacob's Ladder!

Video showing a huge spark with text and exercises. The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender).

The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes. Text used with permission from Bert Hickman, Stoneridge Engineering, http://www.teslamania.com

Click here to start  

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UK homes are a minefield of electrical hazards.

Text used with permission from the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting - NICEIC.

The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender). The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.
 

Click here to start

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Safety in electrical testing at work.

What is the risk of injury?  Level of text B2 / C1. The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender). The text is followed by exercises created with Hot Potatoes.

Click here to start

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Electricians' Apprentices:

A text about the Danish educational system for electricians' apprentices. The text is hyperlinked word by word to either ordbogen.com English-Danish or to m-w.com English-English. The hyperlinking has been done automatically through a program written by Kent Andersen (The Web Page Text Blender).

Click here to start

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The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)

The text is linked word by word to ten different online dictionaries and is followed by drag-and-drop exercises, a puzzle, and cloze exercises.

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-faqs.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

Click here to start

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Safe Working in the Electrotechnical Industry - ECS FAQ

 The text is linked word by word to ten different online dictionaries and is followed by drag-and-drop exercises, a puzzle, and cloze exercises.

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-questions.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

Click here to start

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The ECS Health and Safety Assessment - General Health and Safety

Selections of questions used for assessment. The text has an audio track and is folllowed by 14 multiple choice qustions to test the understanding of the content. N.B. the current version is only linked to an English-Danish dictionary, new version is planned within the next two weeks.

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-questions.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

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Two sample ECS test

Selection of 40 and 43 questions used for assessment. The tests are based on an original text from SJIB with the quiz made with the "Hot Potatoes" software. The tests do not resemble the ECS tests; the percentage given is not a true percentage and the number of questions in test B is 43 (the real ECS test has 40 questions).

Sample ECS test A

Sample ECS test B

Original Text: http://www.sjib.org.uk/ecs-questions.htm Used with permission from www.select.org.uk Tel: 0131 445 5577 Fax: 0131 445 5548 The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian EH26 0SB

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EuroPass - European Curriculum Vitae

Text with instructions on how to write a CV based on the EuroPass - European Curriculum Vitae. The text is hyperlinked to 90 languages. EuroPass - European Curriculum Vitae

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EuroPass - European Language Portfolio

Text with descriptions of the European Language Portfolio Levels. The text is hyperlinked to 90 languages. European Language Portfolio

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Gaelic learning materials

Gordon Wells has prepared 20 units for learning Gaelic making use of a Wordpress blog combined with linking words to dictionaries through Wordlink. Try the 40 Wordlinked texts: http://guthan.wordpress.com/series-one/

Craigard Day Centre

A short documentary about the Craigard Day Centre in Lochmaddy, North Uist. It’s a centre for people with disabilities, run by the Social Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Western Isles Council. Watch the video. If you don't understand the commentary you can read it below. Click on any word you don't know to get an English translation. After you have read and understood the text you can try some language reinforcement and development exercises. You can also watch some additional "in their own words" interviews with participants in the video.

Go to the Craigard Day Centre unit

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German

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Greek learning materials

Italian

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Lithuanian ready to use teaching and learning materials

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Maltese

Online exercises produced with Hot Potatoes:

Portuguese units

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Romanian ready to use teaching and learning materials

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Spanish ready to use teaching and learning materials

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Wire a plug in eight languages

The texts below can be used as stand alone texts or as supporting documents for the online vesions above

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Basque

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Basque

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Danish

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Danish

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Dutch

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Dutch

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate English

The "Wire a plug" Elementary English

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Gaelic

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Gaelic 

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate German

The "Wire a plug" Elementary German

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Romanian

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Romanian

The "Wire a plug" Intermediate Spanish

The "Wire a plug" Elementary Spanish

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A Simulation

Material for a lesson based on the simulation method used for video recording a class learning Gaelic (part of the Simulation method DVD) can now be downloaded in

punkttegn
English
Gaelic
Dutch
Spanish
Romanian
Basque
Danish
German

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Airport

Airport is a simulation that can be used by students with a language competence around level A1-A2 (European Language Portfolio).

The simulation can be played in groups with three to five students (if less than five in a group then some students will have to have more than one profile in the simulation).

The simulation is self explanatory; each student is given a text with a personal profile, the students read and inform the other group members about the content. The texts are available in eight languages. The English version of the five profiles are availble online with all words linked to dictionaries in +100 languages: http://multidict.net/cs/939, http://multidict.net/cs/938, http://multidict.net/cs/937, http://multidict.net/cs/936, and http://multidict.net/cs/935

When all members of a group know the given information the success of the group in the simulation depends on following the information and having a proper strategy.

The students should not be allowed to speak their own language during the simulation. 

To play the simulation the students need 81 map squares. Each square has a top side with a number, the squares represent parts of a land map. The students can move across the map by choosing squares, when a square is chosen the students turn around the map square to see the bottom side which has information.

Before class the teacher should print the file with the map squares and cut out these.

 

Download the files below to use the simulation in your class:

Airport_squares.pdf  (file with 81 squares, table side)
Airport_top_numbers.pdf ( 81 squares top view)

One of the students has to fill in a diary / time table. This paper should also be printed before class:

airport_table.pdf  (The time table that the students fill in during the simulation)

To play the simulation the students need the following profiles in print (choose language / or translate into a new target language!):

Personal_profiles_en.pdf The profiles in English
Personal_profiles_es.pdf The profiles in Spanish
Personal_profiles_de.pdf The profiles in German
Personal_profiles_ro.pdf  The profiles in Romanian
Personal_profiles_dk.pdf  The profiles in
Danish

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A Location for Best Practice Machine Tools plc

In 2005 We have continued to contribute new materials. During the project the teams came up with many ideas for simulations that would be suitable for vocational students. Built on a Dutch idea (Frans can Schaik) we have now completed a new simulation titled: "A Location for Best Practice Machine Tools plc" Since New Year we have adapted and translated  the simulation into Basque, Danish, English, German, Romanian, and Spanish. The students have to decide on a suitable location for a new machine tools factory, they are supplied with four options and have to compare taxes, infrastructure, available employees etc.

Download the Basque version: BEST PRACTICE MACHINE TOOLS plc KONPAINIARAKO KOKALEKUA
Download the Danish version: En beliggenhed til Best Practice Maskin Værktøj A/S
Download the English version: A Location for Best Practice Machine Tools plc
Download the German version: Ein Standort für Best Practice Machine Tools plc
Download the Romanian version: O LOCAŢIE PENTRU CELE MAI BUNE MAŞINI UNELTE
Download the Spanish version: BUSCANDO LOCALIZACIÓN PARA BEST PRACTICE MACHINE TOOLS PLC

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Count Dracula meets the PhyEmoC method

Material for a lesson based on the simulation PhyEmoC method used for video recording a class learning Romanian (part of the PhyEmoC method DVD) can now be downloaded in

English
Romanian
Spanish
German
Danish
Basque
Dutch
Gaelic

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A collection of WebQuests

The Maltese pools-2 team has developed / adapted six WebQuests into Maltese, test them here:

The Cyprus pools-2 team has prepared a ready to use WebQuest in Greek. Ξέρετε με ποιο τρόπο ένα καγκουρό που δεν ζει στην Αυστραλία να μπορεί να φτάσει εκεί; Ο Mικές Τρικοίλης του 5ου Δημοτικού Σχολείου Καλύμνου γνωρίζει την απάντηση. Εσείς την γνωρίζετε: Click here to download

The Portuguese POOLS-2 team has made three new WebQuests for learning Portuguese, each of them has support texts in English, download and test them here:

A ready to use WebQuest in Greek. Ξέρετε με ποιο τρόπο ένα καγκουρό που δεν ζει στην Αυστραλία να μπορεί να φτάσει εκεί; Ο Mικές Τρικοίλης του 5ου Δημοτικού Σχολείου Καλύμνου γνωρίζει την απάντηση. Εσείς την γνωρίζετε: Click here to download

The BP-BLTM project teams have prepared a number of WebQuests for teaching the project languages please try some of these:

 
The German team has prepared a WebQuest by for teaching technical English/transport, the quest is in .htm format. Download
The same Webquest prepared for teaching German with links to German sites. Download
The Dutch team has prepared a WebQuest which can be used in most European languages, the actual WebQuest is in Dutch and English with introduction for the teacher. The aim of the WebQuest is to prepare students for a visit in another country. Download
The Spanish team has developed a WebQuest where students create a brochure about the museums of Valladolid (Spain, the WebQuest can easily be ported to other languages and areas. The WebQuest is in English and Spanish. Download
The Romanian team has made a WebQuest for speaking Romanian in Transylvania - a daring quest. Download and meet Dracula ...
The Danish team has made a WebQuest where the first version is for teaching English. It's called the Fuel Cell and deals with alternative energy. Download
Another WebQuest made by the Danish team is for learning Danish (but with instructions in English). The students have the tasks to gather information about the traditional energy supply and about renewable energy in Denmark in general. Download.
The Basque team has made a webquest where the students prepare a three days trip for tourists to the Basque country. Download

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Last edit: September 18, 2014

 

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