英语教师的利器-audacity

像我一样的英语教师们经常在出试卷的时候遇到各种难题,尤其是听力。由于大部分情况下我们都不具备自己邀请专家,到专业的录音棚录制听力材料的能力,所以我们不得不使用我们手边的一切资源,包括网上down来的对话,各种复习题集中编辑的好的听力材料等等,但是问题来了,要让其他地方事先录制好的听力Mp3音频材料变成自己考试当中能用的音频材料,我们便需要一款音频编辑软件。

说到这,大家都会觉得有 cooledit,甚至有它被adobe收购之后发行的新版本Adobe Audition。cooledit由于被收购,已经很久没有更新,上一个版本发布时,还是Windows XP盛行的时代,导致它与新的操作系统Window7和Windows8存在严重的兼容性问题。如果说使用更新版的adobe audition,兼容性问题倒是解决了,但是接踵而来的就是另一个问题,费用。我相信中国的英语老师里,或者是中国的英语学校中会花上一万多人民币购买授权的应该比较少,所以可能很多的老师正在“被迫”使用X版,不过现在好了,向大家介绍一款超级强悍的替代软件audacity,这款软件开源,永久免费,并且功能强大,为什么试试呢?

一,主界面

audacity主界面
audacity主界面

由于是开源软件,社区的支持让软件拥有较为完整的汉语界面(给非英语老师使用)。另外,主界面的操作部分与我们之前所熟知的cooledit和audition差别不大,可以看到立体声的主音轨,和菜单界面里的音频编辑功能。

下面我主要说说,制作英语听力考试文件的时候所需要的一些基本功能。

 

二,听力考试音频材料编辑

1,导入要编辑的音频

在文件,的打开选项中可以在电脑中浏览到自己想要编辑的音频文件。

audacity导入音频
audacity导入音频

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

在控制工具控件的第一个控件,选取控件

audacity选取控件
audacity选取控件

处于被激活的状态时,就能选取相应区段的音频,例如:

选取区段
选取区段

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

被选取的区段可以直接再在文件菜单中导出,或者也可以使用编辑-剪辑边界中对音频加以分割,从每个音频材料中选取到合适音频资料后再通过编辑,编辑边界中的合并功能,可以将选取的分段音频材料合并成文件加以导出。

三,关于保存MP3文件

由于MP3格式所采用的编码标准并不是开源的,所以当我们需要保存MP3格式文件时,必须安装一个含有私有编码格式的Mp3保存插件,但是这个过程非常简单,直接按照跳出来的提示,点击进入下载安装就能解决。当然,你也可以选择把你的听力考试音频材料保存为其他开源音频格式。

第一次先介绍到这里,下一次再介绍关于自己录制部分考试说明时所要使用的相关软件功能,敬请期待。

 

 

 

 

 

 

作业批改:托福写作中论述效果提升小技巧。

   今日托福写作选修课上一同学交上来一篇作文,写作的题目如下:

   “Some people think that the automobile has improved modern life.  Others think that the automobile has caused serious problems.  What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.”
   学生在论述第一个观点节省时间方便高效所有的细节当中写下了如下一句话。
  ” It is very simple that from City A to City B, you need to spend 3 hours walking if you can not go by the car but on foot.”
    先放下句子中的语法错误不说,我想借这句话探讨一下,如果达到更加精彩的论述效果。
    首先,明确第一点,要说明汽车的方便高效,这个地方采取了对比论证。对比论证成功与否关键要看,是否制造出来了令人“印象深刻”的对比,而这种对比又是否“恰巧”说明了要论述的论点。要做到印象深刻,有一个很好的手法,那便是在时间对比时,在表示时间的单位上大做文章。
    我曾经见过一个有些恐怖的网站,正是采用了这种手法。该网站让你填入一系列个人信息,最后计算出一个人的死亡事件,和举例死亡的倒计时,并且倒计时用的是,秒,作为单位,可想而知,一个人看到自己的生命在一秒一秒的动态减少时,心里会有多么震撼,而若是告诉你,你将在七八十年之后死去,估计大家都不会太在意了。
     所以写文章的时候,也应该很好地做到这一点,我们可以拿30分钟,跟4个小时做对比。小时,总能给人一种更“漫长的”概念和感觉,让读者真的意识到,哇,开车真的是节约了我不少时间哦!
    第二,这还是一处举例论证,可惜举的例子不能让人信服,City A,City B这样的例子一看就是随口乱造不曾真正思考,试问如此假的例子又如何来作为论据说明论点呢?在写作的过程当中即使多数情况,例子并不是来自于真实的某个特定事件,也应该来自于对生活的总结。咱们不妨把例子改成,每天从家到学校,或者是从单位回家,又或是周末时从家去公园这样的例子来加以提到,让人感到这样的例子是真实的,而不是被人以论述为目的生拼硬凑的。
    综上所述,在不改变句子大意,单词难易程度的情况下,原句可以做如下修改:
   From home to school, a normal distance usually covered in half an hour by car, will cost you 4 hours of tiring walking.
 

托福考试内容 TOEFL iBT Content

 

TOEFL iBT® Test Content

 

The TOEFL iBT® test is given in English and administered via the internet. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing) which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete.

Combining All Four Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:

  • Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen and then write in response to a question

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading* 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.

Please read the timing instructions for the Reading Section carefully. The instructions will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Be sure to pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.

A standard English language (QWERTY) computer keyboard is used for the test. We recommend that you practice typing on a QWERTY keyboard before taking the test.

Native-speaker English Accents

Beginning in March 2013, the Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT test will include other native-speaker English accents in addition to accents from North America. Test takers may hear accents from the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia.

ETS is adding these accents to better reflect the variety of native English accents test takers may encounter while studying abroad.

Below is an example similar to what test takers might hear in the Speaking and Listening sections.

Listen to a talk about the greenhouse effect (MP3). The lecturer is from Great Britain.

 

强烈推荐美国VPS-Knownhost!

为了做一个教学网站,我寻访了无数的主机商,从被Justhost羞辱为盗窃信用卡,到被IXwebhosting的网速所“折服”,再到被Site5警告网站资源超负荷而转向VPS,后是对linode VPS所要求的编程代码等专业知识望而却步,期间还被BudgetVM和Altalantic.net当成过盗窃信用卡的坏人,我终于,找到了我满意的,回复超快,价格超便宜,且附带Cpanel和WHM的VPS主机商Knownhost.

来说说为什么?

 

 

一,价格:直接上图吧!非常便宜的价格!可以想象,Cpanel的价格怎么找也要15美元,而他们的正版价格只卖5美元,有了Cpanel 对于我这样的Linux菜鸟的英语老师来说,建站就变得尤为容易了!我甚至可以拥有自己的IMAP和POP邮件服务器。

非常便宜

 

二,再来说说,工单Ticket的回复速度。绝对是一流,我就不多说了。我直接把我建站时所遇到的问题,以及工单回复的截图献上,大家自有判断。二十分钟!不是回复,而是已经解决了!

knownhost工单回复速度
knownhost工单回复速度
knownhost的工单回复速度1
knownhost的工单回复速度1

三,很重要的一点还有就是访问速度,这我就不多说了,大家直接看我FTP下载网站备份时候的速度截图!一目了然!FTP单线程下载哦!(本网站服务器在CA,也就是加利福尼亚)

速度已经达到我所用的10M宽带的极限了!

Knownhost主机速度
Knownhost主机速度

 

 

 

 

如此优秀的VPS主机,便宜的价格,超快的回复速度,热情的客服,超快的网速,简直是,太难找到了!

动心了?

点击下图购买(目前还能打八点五折!)不懂英语的,可以跟我这个英语老师好好学学!

看不到图的点这里哦!

 

月考总结表扬 News about the Exam

上星期,同学们参加了本学期第一次月考,在托福课的考试中,有如下同学,成绩优异或取得重大进步,在此列出,在全世界面前表扬,希望以下同学,再接再厉,下得了功夫,享受学习英语的巨大乐趣。加油!

Last Week, you all took part in the monthly tests, the following students have done fairly well or have made great progresss in the study of TOEFL. Hereby,list their names in front of all for compliment and encouragement, and may them enjoy further more the happiness of improving English.

成绩优异的同学有(按班级分类,按学号排名):

Outstanding Students are(listed by classes, ranked by School ID):

高一(1)班:刑雨,刘安琦,郑依琳

Class1 Grade 10: Xing Yu, Liu Anqi, Zheng Yilin

高一(2)班:蒋翙,孟森,杨亦灵,栾喆喆

Class 2 Grade 10: Jiang Hui, Meng Sen, Luan Zhezhe

高一(3)班:刘轩铭

Class 3 Grade 10: Liu Xuanming

高一(4)班:陈静婉,李佳萌,廖小舟,李天容

Class 4 Grade 10: Chen Jingwan, Li Jiameng, Liao Xiaozhou, Li Tianrong

高一(5)班:白泽龙,邵嘉琪,张倩玮

Class 5 Grade 10: Bai, Zelong, Shao Jiaqi, Zhang Qianwei

成绩进步很大的同学还有:

Students who made great progress:

刘安琦,柴思源,刑雨,杨亦灵,罗琛,钟一民,贺诗宇,刘宜婉,魏泽昊,张子盛,白晨,耿尚武,李昌宏,陈旭。

Liu,Anqi, Chai Siyuan, Xing Yu, Yang Yiling, Luo Chen, Zhong Yimin, He Shiyu, Liu Yiwan, Wei Zehao, Zhang Zisheng, Bai Chen, Li Changhong, Chen Xu.

在这里提出大大的表扬,望戒骄戒躁,勇攀高峰。

Congratulations !

iSpring makes the teaching Job easier iSpring 学习套件介绍

我是陈庆华,我在中国北京市二十一世纪高中教英语。一次偶然的机会,当我正在网站上搜寻如何充实我moodle学习网站damienglish.com学习内容的时候,我发现了一位老师发表在一个教学论坛上的帖子,他强烈推荐iSpring Suite软件。我便浏览了iSpring公司的网站,下载了一份试用版软件。我已经无法形容我第一次使用软件时有多么兴奋,我突然觉得之前PPT给我带来的所有困扰和尴尬,都将因为这样一个强大的产品而一瞬间成为过去。

不知你是否有过这样的经历,你非常认真的做好了PPT,还插入了会令你的听众非常愉悦兴奋的视频和音频,可是当你站在台上发表演讲的时候,你不得不顶住所有尴尬,在文件夹中找来找去,以让你的视频能够播放,而这时,听众们早已失去了兴趣,而且他们还认为你并没有认真准备你的演讲。你是否还有过这样的经历,尽管你有很好的演讲技巧,但是你还是没有能够用一页页静止的PPT页面来打动你的听众,而让他们不感觉无聊。

作为一名教师,每天都跟PPT打交道,每天都要做演讲,这样的经历曾经一直困扰着我,知道我找到了这样一个终极解决方案,那就是iSpring Suite.

让我来简单的告诉你我最看中的两大功能

在过去,如果我需要准备课程,我必须做好PPT。但是因为我是语言教师,听力材料,和视频材料是我课堂里所必需的,我需要用他们来训练学生的听力,每当我做这件事的时候,我就必须特别注意以下几点:

1, 视频和音频文件的路径。

2, 因为我需要在视频或者音频播放的过程当中来控制播放的进肚,所以我不得不使用右图所示的VBA界面来完成插入音频和视频的过程,但是对于我这样和其他许多不太懂得编程技术的老师来说,实在是很有难度。

3,当这一切都完成的时候,我还要把所有的PPT和相关的文件都拷贝到我的U盘里面。

4, 在上课之前,我必须提前到教室去,一个个的修改PPT中视频和音频文件的路径,使他们能在教室的电脑上正常播放,这是一件非常麻烦而且容易出错的工作。

而且有时候两台电脑的PPT版本不一致,就又会带来更多的麻烦。

作为一名语言教师,我每堂课里面多的可以有十多则听力材料要播放,这样一个个的更改真的是十分的费时费力。

但是现在,有了iSpring带来的发布功能,准备课件就变得非常简单了。想知道我现在是怎么做的么? 我直接在PPT里面插入音频和视频,以及动画等其他的内容,然后我直接在iSpring Suite上面点击发布,这样我所有的课程内容都被自动的打包成了一个SWF的flash格式文件,我可以在任何的地方播放它,而不用再去考虑路径和文件的问题了。我所有的难题都一下子迎刃而解了。我现在还可以把我制作好的课程文件分享给我的学生们。他们比我更喜欢这样的一个强大的功能,因为他们可以拿回家去,自己好好复习已经学过的内容。

我还想谈谈关于iSpring的几点好处:,

1,有了iSpring Suite,我可以非常简单的创建或者转换我的演示文稿成为PPT文件,在转换之前,我还可以看根据自己的需求设定好我所需要的视频和音频的清晰程度。这一切都能在设置里面轻松实现。

2, 因为我还为我的学生开始了一个英语学习的moodle站点,所以我很需要iSpring 给我的带来的另外一项激动人心的功能,他能够帮助我充实我网站的内容,它让我的网站变得更加的具有学习意义。而利用iSpring所制造出来的课件,都是兼容SCORM的。你可以看看下面图中,我的网站:

3, 漂亮的quiz creator也是我非常喜欢的一个组件,因为他能把我从繁重的改作业的负担中解脱出来,让我的工作更加有效率。我之前有段时间每周都个要改上百份学生叫来的作业,而且之后还要花上另外的好多个小时来统计考试数据和做总结。现在就轻松多了,有了iSpring Quiz Maker 我就可以非常简单的做出在线测试,而且这样的测试互动性非常强。学生们也都觉得这样的在线测试,比起传统的在纸上进行的测试更能让他们接受。另外,测试的成绩会自动生成,而且被记录下来,我只要好好分析学生的成绩来指导教学就可以了,是不是非常精彩?

现在还有一些iSpring Suite的功能,我还不太会使用,我任务我可能需要花一点点时间来阅读iSpring网站上提供的学习资料,但是到目前为止,我已经确信iSpring Suite就是那个我需要的产品,它极大地便利了我的教学工作,我非常的赞赏iSpring公司他们的创造力和所做出的贡献,他们的努力便利了我们教师,会让我们的教育变得更加成功。

陈庆华

2013年4月6日星期六

北京

My name is Qinghua Chen. I teach English at Beijing 21st Century High school in China. Recently, when I was searching solutions on putting contents on my moodle site, Damienglish.com, I came across a post in teacher’s forum, strongly recommending iSpring products. I visited the website of iSpring, downloaded a trial version of the product, and I can’t tell how excited I was when using the products for the first time. I just felt all my previous troubles and embarrasement I had with PPTs were in the past, with the installation of this amazing product on my computer.

Have you ever experienced a sutiation when you have prepared carefully edited PPTs with rocking videos and audios, and when get to presenting you are embarrassed, struggling from folders and urls to make your videos play? The audience is becoming impatient and starts to think that you haven’t prepared well. Have you also experienced that even with your great presentation skills, your audience becomes bored of static PPT sides with nothing but words and figures?

As a teacher, who uses PPTs and does presentations every day, those things troubled me most in the past, until I found the ultimate solution, the powerful iSpring Suite!

Let me tell you here about two great personally benefits I got from iSpring Suite.

iSpringflash

In the past, while editing my PPTs to prepare for a class, I needed to present with audio and video listening exercises to facilitate my class with listening comprehension capability, since I am a language teacher. But there are several matters I need to pay great attention to:

1) The url of the video/audio

2) Since I need to control the playing I have to use VBA, like in the picture, which is very confusing for non-technicians like me and many other teachers who focuses mostly on their teaching rather than programming.

3) When this is done, I need to copy all the PPTs and related files to an USB dirve.

4) But before I start the class, I need to get in the classroom five minutes earlier and re-edit the urls to match the properties in the classroom computer, which is again very confusing.

And when the versions of PowerPoint don’t match on two machines, other unknown errors may appear.

As a language teachers, I sometimes need to do this ten times during a single listening section to make each of my listening tracks work on every slide, which is painstaking.

But now, with the publishing facilities of iSpring Suite, presenting a class has for the first time becomes so easy!

You know what I do now? I insert the videos, audios, pictures and animations in the PPT and then I publish the presentation with iSpring Suite. Then – magically – a single SWF Flash file is created with all the content of my class inside! I need this file only to teach the class, and all the preview troubles are solved. All the videos and audios plays perfectly!

My students enjoy this function even more than I do, becuase now I can simply distribute the Flash file and they can review their classes with all the exercises at home with just a single click. They can also view the notes and answer.

iSpringmedia embed

iSpringvideoformats

2) With iSpring Suite, the created Flash files are very easy to be optimized according to my own preferences. If I would like to have a higher quality of the video in my presentation, it can all be tweaked. This actually helped me a lot. Now I can choose the quality myself depending on what I need that video for.

3) I have a moodle website at school to help my students’ learn online, and with iSpring I definitely made my moodle site more meaningful thanks to the great interactive courses iSpring Suite helped me to create and publish. And what’s better – iSpring’s courses are SCORM compatible. Take a look at my site:

With iSpring, my site has become more powerful, and my students really enjoy this type of learning and reviewing material. Plus, it’s more eco-friendly.

iSpringwithmoodle

iSpringquiz

4) The elegant quiz maker helped me to test students in a much more effective way. I used to grade hundreds of papers every week and spend serveral more hours to do the statistic and write the review. But now, with the quiz maker in iSpring Suite, writing and giving exams is not longer a burdern for me. Students seem to enjoy these interactive quizzes much more than normal paper-based tests. Look at one of the listening comprehension quizzes I created for my students – a typical spot dictation test. The result will be shown to students, paper will be graded and grades will be tracked automatically. This is nothing but amazing!

There are more features in iSpring Suite that I am not familiar with, and it will take me some time to go through the knowledge base on the iSpring website to learn them. Anyway I am convinced that iSpring Suite is exactly the product I wanted to facilitate my teaching as a Language teacher in China and I really appreciate the creativity and devotions of the iSpring company to have brought teachers powerful products to make our education more successful.

6,Apr, 2013Qinghua Chen

Beijing