You can search for quotes by keyword, look at quotes of the day, browse quotes by topic or just click for a random quote.
That isn't all, iWise is compatible with Twitter and allows you to re-tweet quotes or subscribe to and follow tweet feeds from your favourite sources of wisdom.
If you decide to search by topic etc, it even pulls in tweets from Twitter too.
So how about some quote activities with our EFL ESL students?
Here are some suggestions:
- Get students to find a random quote and translate it into their own language or find a parallel quote in their own L1.
- Collect 8 - 10 quotes on a similar topic and get students to discus them and see which ones they prefer / most agree with.
- Get 8 - 10 quotes and cut them in half to create a matching activity. Get your students to match the two halves of each quote.
- Get you students to match the quotes to the writer of the quote.
- Give your students a list of 6 - 8 topics and ask them to find their favourite quote on each topic, then compare them in class and discus / have a class vote on which is the best (students should try to convince others in the class that theirs is the best quote)
- Get two+ quotes on the same topic. Print them up and put them around the class get the students to stand by the one they most like / agree with and discus why.
- Choose 2 -3 people and get your students to find their best quotes, then compare that quotes and try to decide which of the people is the wisest.
- Give the first part of some quotes to your students and see if your students can write an ending to it.
- Find some quotes about someone and see if the students can guess who they are about.
- Use a single quote at the start of each lesson to lead in to the theme of the lesson.
- Use a single quote at the start of each lesson as a warmer and ask students if they agree / disagree with the quote. They could give it marks out of ten too. Keep a league of favourite quotes.
- It's free and really simple (but also quite complex)
- Some amazing features that really take advantage some Web 2.0 technology
- Lots of fast and varied ways to access the quotes
- There are loads of quotes from a real range of sources
- There is an iPhone ap which can enable you to get all this information via your iPhone or iPod Touch so great for mobile learners
What I'm not so sure about
- The site is so dynamic that you can see then loose quotes pretty quickly if you are just browsing.
- Some quotes can be a little abstract!
- The site is free, but the ap isn't, but it is very cheap (59p in UK). Here's a video showing how you can use it.
NB: I have bought the ap, but haven't tried it yet so this is NOT and endorsement of the ap.
I hope you enjoy iWise and the ideas here. Please leave a comment if you have any other favourite quote sites or suggestions for how you have used quotes with students.
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- Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students
- Exploiting two computer-based RPGs
- Exploiting Travel Images
- Art Photography as a Basis for Language Activities
- Create Image Books
- A Picture's worth
- Picture phrases