Fine, you might be thinking, so what’s the big deal?
Well, the recorded phrases then go into a VoiceBank that supplies audio for people who must use a device to communicate.
Can you think of many other things that could be more motivating to an English Language Learner to try to get as close to perfect pronunciation as that?
All you have to do is go to the Voice of Goldivox and follow the story along. The phrases are short and very accessible. I wouldn’t use it with Beginners, but would think Intermediates and Advanced could do it with a little practice.
Here’s a sample video, though you have to to the Goldivox link to watch it all and record:
Here are three new videos from Soul Pancake that I think provide excellent speaking or writing prompts to English Language Learners and others. Plus, the videos are great models to get students thinking!
Here’s a downloadable copy of two chants that took me five minutes to create – one for the months of the year and the other on days of the week.
Plus, as a bonus, here’s a SoundCloud recording of our class being led by my co-teacher (and co-author) Katie Hull chanting today about the months (we post them at our class blog so the entire class can enjoy listening to themselves):
What does the author suggest are ways people can become better listeners? Do you agree with her? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
I tried out the new Google Docs Voice Typing feature today, and was very impressed with its accuracy. I’ve embedded below both a video and the short test I tried out.
Its accuracy got me wondering if it could be a useful tool for English Language Learners to use and practice their pronunciation. Obviously, a site like English Central that actually grades pronunciation accuracy is more engaging. But it seems to me that having students speak and see if the Google Docs software can understand them might be worth trying now and then.
Several times each year, Jimmy Fallon plays a game on The Tonight Show that can easily be modified as a language-learning activity for the classroom. I’ve written about many of them.
Last week, he played a new one called Random Picture Association. As the video below shows, it’s exactly what the name implies — they show photos and players share what comes to mind.
It seems to me that this could be a fun exercise for students to practice speaking — either give groups of two or three a pack of picture cards or show funny images from the web on an overheard. Then one student in each group – taking turns – tells the others in English what comes to their mind.
Has anyone tried something like this in your classroom?
I spend a lot of time working with my IB Theory of Knowledge students on the importance of illustrating each point they make, both in essays and in presentations, with stories. In fact, many highlight that fact in their end-of-year class evaluations as one of the most important things they have learned. You can see many of the resources I use to back-up my hammering on that concept at The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources (especially in the bottom-half).