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Online Speaking Activities! What’s for?

27 Mar

Did you use to be afraid when you had to speak or read aloud in front of all of your classmates at school when you were a kid or teenager? Or is it happening yet?

Well, my teacher Ellen gave us a great idea to teach students in a funny way. She gave us a blog link which has a lot of these great ideas; here you can have access to it. I’ve amazed by this new kind of attractive teaching and learning activities! They are amazing. The most that I liked are the Voki and the Voxopop which are great and entertaining.
But, how can we say that these activities are for teaching and learning? Is there any interesting or helpful about it? How could it help students to learn?

  • Voki: What about it? As a teacher, how could I use it? Let’s see an example.

“Today, the teacher and the students have already read a science article. But, time is up. Most of the students will go home and they could summarize the article being helped by their parents; however, they will have to do it in another way without any kind of help. How? They will have to participate in a Voki Classroom! It’s gonna be fun. Students will have to create their own Vokis, what’s for? As a teacher I want everyone to participate in class and I want to know if everybody understood the lesson, so, they will have to tell me what they understood and in what ways they could apply the information (if it is possible), if it was an interesting lesson or if it was what they had expected.”

Click here to see an example of a Voki:
http://vhss-d.oddcast.com/vhss_editors/voki_player.swf?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fvhss-d.oddcast.com%2Fphp%2Fvhss_editors%2Fgetvoki%2Fchsm=ba2c92165dd7a37eb63d987bcd1e0f69%26sc=5758384

Using this Voki Classroom the teacher will have access to the students’ Vokis and could check if all of them worked as he/she had hoped. In this way, teachers can manage the students’ work online. Moreover, it is interesting that the students are learning at the same time that they are speaking without any kind of peer. Students wouldn’t feel nervous as the same way as if they would be at school. Furthermore, the teacher has the opportunity to grade them as a class or individually. Isn’t it an easy and interesting way to grade your students?

In the Voxopop, teachers and students can handle a conversation where they can discuss about one topic. Here, most of the students will have to speak; they will have the chance to practice their pronunciation and to learn a little bit more about vocabulary. It’s a fascinating way to practice your English. Moreover, it’s able to do oral presentations. I think it could be for those students who are in an advantage class.
So, if you thought that teaching could be only with a chalkboard and a full amount of books at a boring classroom, there is no excuse. Teachers can use more than one tool…

Llet’s go beyond walls!

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4 Comments

Posted by on 27/03/2012 in TKT HOMEWORK

 

4 responses to “Online Speaking Activities! What’s for?

  1. I can do this

    30/03/2012 at 10:11 pm

    Yesy,
    I love Vokis! The only thing is, you must be very careful that students understand that the voice of the voki must resemble theirs….they must record themselves, not type in the text. Otherwise, they won’t be speaking…but they will be communicating in English. It all depends on the objective of the lesson, doesn’t it? even the shy ones are included here.

    Great review and ideas.
    Ellen

     
  2. I can do this

    13/04/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Yesy,
    If you want to see what my students are doing with Vokis, please check out the post for eighth semester students I have. You are welcome to join them….
    http://teacherchallenge.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/eighth-semester-oral-challenge/
    Ellen

     
    • yesyhd

      16/04/2012 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Ellen!

      It would be a pleasure,moreover it’ll help me right now!

       
    • yesyhd

      16/04/2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Ellen!

      It would help me a lot during this semester!

       

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