Common Core English - NDLA
Welcome to English at NDLA.
English/NDLA May Be Used
- as a standalone learning tool
- alongside a traditional school textbook.
If you choose to use our website as a standalone learning tool, you may either follow the year plan or use the ‘Contents’ menu to create your own plan. You also have the option of using the ‘Curriculum’ tab to search for nodes that cover a specific topic.
NLDA may be used together with learning management systems like it's learning and Fronter creating a powerful tool for administrating learning resources and students' portefolios.
In the menu to your left you will find resources that focus on the use of our site. You can list these resources at any time by clicking on 'Guide' in the top left corner. We have developed year plans for our users and they are located here.
Under 'Activities, Links and Archive' you will find several links and activities that may be used independently of other topics. These are handy if students finish tasks early or need some extra work.
A node is an item, like a picture, text, video etc. All the texts and images etc. have their own node number. The node number appears in the url/address bar of your web browser. To directly access a node, just add the node number in the search box or write it into the url/address bar.
The address: ndla.no/en/node/???? (node number) will take you directly to a specific site on English/NDLA. This text's node number is 20945 (ndla.no/en/node/20945). When you want your students to go directly to a site, just tell them to enter the node number in the address field or into the search field (top-right corner).
Links and Right-click
Right click on any link with your right mouse button to open the link in a new window or tab. This is very handy when listening to audio as you do various tasks.
Copy and Paste into Text Editor
All our contents, except some of the copyrighted literature, may be copied into your own text editor. Indeed comprehension, discussion or writing tasks should be copied into your text editor to keep a record of anything you do.
Remember that you may easily copy and paste urls into Fronter or it's learning for easy access. You may also embed learning resources into these learning management systems (See Guide).
Embedded in our site is a huge bilingual dictionary. Spend some time getting used to it. Basically, you just have to select a language, enter a search word and then click on the alternatives below. This bilingual dictionary will be under development and added to by the English editorial staff. Suggestions regarding adjustments in word definitions or additions of new words will be greatly appreciated.
It is advisable to have headphones available. To save class time, we encourage students to bring their own headphones. Although most schools have them, handing out headphones to each student may waste valuable time.
Most of our literature and a lot of our articles come in separate audio files. You find these in the audio archive as well as related to the literary texts.
All the items that are uploaded to English/NDLA are tagged with keywords. This means that you may use the search box to search for images, videos and texts covering certain topics. If you search for ‘jargon’ you will find tasks related to football jargon, film jargon etc. As mentioned, you may also add node numbers here.
We do believe that teaching resources are best moulded and designed in close contact with the users in the classroom and believe in providing an abundance of teaching resources so that teacher and student have several options in terms of learning styles and individually tailored teaching.
Finally, we try to design a varied set of learning resources that are rich in media content and involve a lot of interactivity.
We do hope you find useful resources here, and tip us off if you find something missing or in need of imnprovement. Through sharing we may create a varied, challenging and fascinating learning resource, as our fantastic subject, English, deserves!
All the best,