Cambly

Cambly merges two edtech trends: Instant Video Lessons and Mobile

First published on EDUKWEST | January 28, 2014


Cambly is a new platform that connects English and Spanish learners through video chat. Sure, this sounds very familiar as startups like Colingo and Verbling are essentially fishing in the same pond.

Interestingly I had a chat about live video lessons among other trends with busuu.com’s co-founder Bernhard Niesner last week in London. As I was invited to give a short intro to the Edtech Innovator Award I had put live video lessons on my list of trends to watch in 2014.

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Tripp & Pin

How To Teach English while Tripppin’ With a Mission

It’s my pleasure as a brain-friendly coinnoisseur of fun teaching ideas to introduce a ground-breaking new teaching site that scores exponentially high on all counts of creativity and practicality.

my_scoopI feel a bit like Lois Lane, as Superman’s reporter, hitching a ride in the sky and getting to view the teaching world from above. As I see all of the struggling learners and frustrated teachers down there, I know that it is my duty as a reporter to get this out. My Fair Languages editors will be proud this scoop indeed.

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Grimm Stories resource for language learners

Grimm Stories: A great Resource for Language Learners and Teachers alike!

Today, I want to share a great and free learning resource for language learners and teachers with all of you who like the Grimm’s fairy tales: Grimm Stories. Well, if we talk German fairy tales you have to know that they’re not very Disney-like, so not pretty and nice and innocent. Old German (fairy) tales are rather bloody or gory and they usually describe the social situation of a certain class of population at that time.

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lyrics training

Tools to Learn Spanish #2 – Practicing Spanish with Lyrics Training

We all like music and this is something we cannot deny. Classical music, pop, rock, folklore… we have a huge variety to choose. And the use of songs and music in the classroom is widely common among most language teachers. When using a song, we teachers usually prepare vocabulary, grammar, or listening exercises. I remember learning English in my language school and filling the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb to be (yes, rather easy ☺)

Music helps our students to relax, to be more confident about the exercise we aim, and we can do a lot of exercises after listening, from asking what the song is about to making a lip-dub.

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BBC Learning Spanish

Tools to learn Spanish #1 – Learning Spanish with the BBC

When learning a language, we not only deal with our lessons, grammar exercises or lists of vocabulary. One of the things I tell my students is that they have to read, watch or listen to Spanish media. In the Internet age we have plenty of material that can help us learning Spanish in a fun way: we can listen to the radio while cooking, we can read newspapers articles during the break at job and listen to music while surfing the Internet.

The idea for this column is to do a review of the different sites and resources we can use to improve our Spanish. So, here it comes the first one!

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