Instructional Software Examples for the English Classroom

Drill & Practice: http://www.memrise.com/course/43290/advanced-english-for-native-speakers/

I’ve been using this site/app for the last few years to improve my Korean vocabulary and it seems like it could just as easily be used for more advanced English vocabulary or I could even create my own courses based on difficult vocabulary in class texts. Students would be able to revise words on their phone and compete on a leaderboard with the rest of the class.

Tutorial: http://creativewriting.wikia.com/wiki/Creative_Writing_Wiki

A wiki site for learning the basics of writing creatively with sections for grammar, process and structuring. It would be a useful resource to give students as they attempt their own pieces.

Simulations: http://movingpackets.net/2014/02/18/bens-super-realistic-typewriter-simulator/

It was hard to think of a simulator appropriate for English but it’s interesting to appreciate how difficult typing used to be, even with the typewriter’s ‘brokenness’ set to 0.

Instructional Games: https://sites.google.com/site/gameonlearning/la-high-school-games

A list of game websites that are mainly devoted to vocabulary and grammar. Free rice was my favorite though it really only tests knowledge of synonyms.

Write or Die/WordWars is another fun game that involves stream-of-consciousness writing within a time limit. If your WPM goes to low the screen changes color and sirens go off.

Problem Solving: It was hard to find anything for English. Maybe riddles games like this one: http://www.iriddler.com/riddles/puzzles/whatisit.htm might be fun to get students to practice comprehension and critical thinking.

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