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Audacity is a free and open source cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.

it's very easy to use: ideal for language teachers wanting to create mp3 audio recordings which can then be uploaded and inserted anywhere in Moodle.

Tutorial: Use Audacity to make audio recordings on a PC.pdf



Comic maker


Get your learners to make their own comics. Make one yourself. Great for encouraging conversation.


EDpuzzle video lessons

Make lessons from any video


Elllo is a free collection of audio and video recordings of speakers from all over the world. They are distributed under a creative commons licence by Todd Beuckens and can be embedded in Moodle. For example:

English Placement Test

The English Placement Test at Sapporo Gakuin University is a 50 question multiple choice test for Moodle 1.9. It has 25 reading questions and 25 listening questions. It is designed for streaming low-level, high school EFL learners into ability-level classes for university freshman English classes. It is available free from the Moodle for Language Teaching Repository, located at:


EnglishSafari Logo

EnglishSafari is the blog of Guido Gautsch, a language teacher who uses Moodle. It contains a self-enrollable Moodle course that showcases some of the things blogged about.


Hot Potatoes

An easy to use exercise generator.


Interactive story writer


Write and publish interactive stories for your classes. Get your learners to do the same in groups. 


LARC Language Aqcuisition Resource Center



Matt Bury

Multimedia Interactive Learning Applications (MILAs) for Learning English as a Foreign/Second/International Language are a range of games and activities for universities, colleges, schools, businesses and other organisations to license. They can also be used free of charge on Matt Bury's site. Matt's blog is very much worth reading.

Moodle Language Lab

Another language lab. This is ready for Moodle 2

You can find the discussion here:

Moodle Reader

Moodle Reader is a module that provides quizzes on over 1200 graded readers and books for young readers, so that teachers can have a simple way to assess their students' work.

All quizzes are randomized with a time-limit for their completion which allows students to take the quizzes open-book, even at home, while minimizing the possibility of cheating.

Note that there is no reading material for students here apart from the quizzes themselves.


NanoGong Installation Instructions

NanoGong is a contributed module for Moodle 1.9 which allows students and teachers to easily make audio recordings in Moodle

To get the NanoGong installation files go to, fill in the form and you will receive an email with a link to their downloads page.




PoodLL is a set of plugins for that add multimedia capabilities, most notably audio and video recording, to Moodle. It also comes with a range of useful widgets such as flashcards and a whiteboard. PoodLL consists of 4 different Moodle plugins, the PoodLL Filter, the PoodLL repository, The PoodLL Online Assignment (2.2) and the PoodLL Recording question type.

PoodLL Icon


Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

ESL - Lab

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab ( went online in 1998 to provide language learners opportunities to improve their listening comprehension skills in English.

Contact Randall at


S4L - Stories 4 Learning

Stories for Learning (’S4L’) is free op‍‍en‍‑‍source soft‍‍ware for lang‍uage and lit‍er‍acy and can easily be uploaded to Moodle as a SCORM package.
Your own texts can be dis‍played as flipp‍able int‍er‍act‍ive e‍Books and its mod‍if‍ied ’Hot Pot‍at‍oes’ mod‍ule gen‍er‍ates ins‍tant jumb‍led sen‍tence puzz‍les tak‍en from the text. It’s a great time sav‍er!

Try out coding your own eBook texts here -
 Screenshot S4LAutomatically generated Hot Pot J MixGroup creative writing



TexToys generates text reconstruction: WebRhubarb, and text ordering: WebSequitur exercises. By one of the authors of Hot Potatoes. Not free but cheap : € 23.

The SMaLL Portal

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technology researchers and practitioners for the world
language classroom. Share and review resources, tools,
activities, and research projects in order to increase
professional development and collaboration in this vital area.

Timothy Takemoto's vocabulary filter


Authentic listening ability development

Tutorials for using Moodle




Group conversations around images and videos. You have to create an account to use VoiceThread 

Nic Peachey's Tutorial



Wortzuordnung is a drag & drop exercise creator. It's a Java app that can be downloaded and used on your computer. The instructions are in German but with the help of Google translator or similar anyone can understand them.



Xerte is a free authoring tool for creating a range of online interactive exercises including categories, pairs, hot spot and multiple choice exercises.  Exercises can be created using Xerte Online Toolkits or by downloading Xerte and using the desktop version.

The interface is more swish looking and modern than Hot Potatoes'.  Creating anything beyond the standard exercises does require getting one's hands dirty with coding but there is excellent backup from the Xerte Community.

Xerte examples

Here are some examples of language exercises made with Xerte:

In the Garden

At Home

Pronunciations of vowels