Authoring tools: making your own activities

Digital authoring tools can be used to create our own materials to supplement the curriculum. Visi Alamos explains how some of these tools work and where you can find them.

Author: Visi Alaminos

RTEmagicC_Authorising_tools1.jpgAs English teachers, we always try to personalise our teaching as much as possible in order to cope with the mixed ability levels we find in our classes. We often use the many additional resources included with coursebooks or search the Web for online interactive materials.

Authoring tools offer us an opportunity to create activities that are adapted to our students’ levels. Individual differences among students are noticeable, and custom-made exercises can help them feel they are learning and progressing. Different students have different learning styles. For example, with vocabulary learning, some work best by matching pictures with words, while others prefer to memorise lists, find the words in a word search or unscramble anagrams.

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