Listening to Bridges

Volunteer readers from Gujarat’s H.M. Patel Institute of English Training & Research, including the Institute’s highly respected Director, Dr. Rajendrasinh Jadeja, have supplied the voices for these readings from Bridges: Activities for Thinking, Speaking, & Writing English. Many stories in Bridges are divided into two parts. We recommend that you always allow students time to read the text themselves. However, before reading Part 2 of a story, you may wish to review Part 1 with one of these audio files. Download all 10 files at once or listen to individual recordings online.

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Be sure to allow students time to read Part 1 on their own and then do the language task. Before reading Part 2, review what happened in Part 1 by playing the audio file for students.
Students benefit by listening to different voices and accents. Download the files to provide variety in your classes.
“The Water Barrel” is a long reading and is divided into three parts. We’ve provided audio of Parts 1 and 2 to use as a review after students read on their own and do the language tasks.
If you invent language tasks to go with the listening files, please let us know. We’d love to share your experience with other teachers.

StudyDo design in girls' school Chikodra, Gujarat

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Watching MEET Videos on Mobiles

The MEET (Mobile Education for English Teachers) training videos have been distributed at various training programs in Gujarat and have been available for viewing here. Now, the complete files, suitable for viewing on mobile phones, are available here for download. Watch the videos individually online or download zip file containing all 4 video files in a 3gp mobile-friendly format to watch on your phone.

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MEET stands for Mobile Education for English Teachers. The project was designed to provide training materials, including these videos, via microSD for viewing on mobile phones. MEET #1 shows the quick results that were possible with the materials and techniques. MEET #2 is a short clip of highlights that clearly show the techniques our pre-service teacher used in the introductory video. MEET #3 shows similar techniques used by an experienced teacher with a different StudyDo lesson in a different school. MEET #4 contrasts the learning experience of the same group of students during both a traditional content-oriented lesson and a new language-focused lesson.
We’ve seen great results from teachers, but any materials design benefits from additional research and live trials in classrooms. A number of research scholars are currently using Bridges StudyDo materials and MEET videos in their research and we are happy to support them.
Please email bridges AT studydo.asia if you have ideas for research or teaching projects. While supplies last, we are happy to provide class sets of Bridges to such projects, so that each of your learners can have a copy.
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Assessing StudyDo

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Assessment is a major issue for teachers and students everywhere.
The StudyDo design increases proficiency in language, so assessment emphasizes what students can do with the language.
Sample assessment items for each type of activity are provided in the printed book.
Here you can download the assessment items from the original Bridges in a printer-friendly format.
Over time, more assessment items will be added here. We’ll also provide notes and tips on assessment and articles on how to create new assessment items. We will send notifications to our signed up readers when new content is available on the site.

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“Mini-Bridges” Sample Book

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Want to try Bridges before you download?
Here you can download a 28-page sample of Bridges before signing up to download the full book.
The sample includes activities from each of the six themed units.
This “mini-book” can be used for trying the design before downloading the complete book, for providing a sample to participants in teacher-training workshops, or for use with students during short-term classes.
When you’re ready to download the entire book, just come back and sign up.
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