Deliverable 13. Resource Analysis Template aPLaNet WP2 Skype.

Communication and web-conferencing tools

Resource Number 1

URL http://www.skype.com Keywords communication, web-conferencing, phone calls

Skype
Category I Communication and Webconferencing Tools Rationale

Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business, education and in life. Thus the need for developing communication on-line technologies which enable building bridges between geographically distant subjects and lowering barriers in communication. Potential benefits of unlimited global communication are obvious. Skype allows direct interpersonal engagement which is necessary for all kinds of classroom and educational situations. Description Skype is a computer programme used for communication via Internet. It allows written communication between two or more simultaneous users and can be the means for sending and receiving files. Its possibilities range from effectuating calls, organizing conference calls or video conferences between multiple parties simultaneously and for registered Skype users for free. This program enables information flow, trainings of educators, on-line language lessons and exchange of data of multiple nature. An important factor is the easiness of use of Skype which makes it a widely accessible tool.

Resources required To ensure a smooth and high quality voice transmission through Skype only a basic functional Internet connection is needed. Skype is user-friendly and very simple and can be handled by even less technically skilled users helping overcome communication anxiety related to the online environment and allowing concentration on the learning process. Obligatory resources • desktop computer or laptop • reliable and stable Internet connection (preferably broadband) • download of the programme Skype (for download go to www.skype.com) Optional resources • headphone and microphone or headset for phone calls • built-in or external web camera for video calls 1
The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

• • • • Navigation and operation Skype is an intuitive interface that enables to access easily the most frequently used and important applications. Resource Analysis Template aPLaNet WP2 Skype. Styling • It is possible to upload a personal profile photo from the PC. In the section Tools/Options questions related with General. Skype-to-Skype calls. This document reflects the views only of the author. Then you must create a user account. make a phone or video call – can be easily spotted and used for effectuating the requested action. After signing in you are able to use all the above-mentioned types of communication with contacts in the list of contacts that you have build very easily. Icons symbolizing basic functions of the program – add a contact. Communication and web-conferencing tools Cost Partially: Basic functions like instant messaging. you have to choose a username and password. business tools. . To set up a personal Skype account. Implementation methodology 2 The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. In the section Tools/Extras additional third-party features can be chosen – games. Through a simple search for contacts.Deliverable 13. Audio. you add usernames of individuals you wish to add and if they eventually confirm the wish to share contact details. call recorders – some are free. sending text messages to mobile phones and call forwarding are paid. Additional features like calling on mobile and landline phones. Sound. these are added to your list. This ease allows to concentrate much better on the message rather then on the means. Video. use a picture from the picture library of the program or take a photo using a webcam. Access and Privacy Settings can be handled. video calls and screen sharing are completely free. This file is about 20MB. A file of about 2MB is downloaded which you then run on your PC and the Skype application file is downloaded in the background. and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Setup and Configuration Downloading Skype to the computer is free. some are charged. The Skype conversation window can be resized without losing content or styling during conversation. These data are required to run the program. Skype window is clearly-organized and the icons visibly marked.

cause or object. Vocabulary: T writes in the Skype writing box important expressions and vocabulary related with the conversation topic and asks for definition of those the SS are familiar with. use their headsets and eventually turn on their webcams. organization. Resource Analysis Template aPLaNet WP2 Skype. Usage in classroom situations: • distant learning form of delivering language content • blended learning lessons • raising ICT student's awareness • holding training for students and teachers located in various locations at the same time • simulation of videophone calls and videoconferences in business language lessons • task-based learning • practising writing skills and spelling as a peripheral competence • foreign language learning through reciprocal peer communication The implementation process should follow the procedure suggested in the Communication and Web-conferencing Tools Template. regular and irregular forms. After certain time. SS complete a new exercise to practice.4 Duration: 20 lessons of 45 min • • • • • Introduction: All students and teacher log in Skype. A2 of CEFR Lesson number: 9 Age group: Adults Number of students involved: 3. present continuous and going to future is sent to SS and checked. Also special events like birthdays. A short revision exercise of last lesson content aimed at practising will future. T starts a brief conversation to warm-up. Conversation topic: Festivals and customs. wedding and special customs associated with them can be commented. Reading: SS are sent a file containing a text connected with the conversation topic and given time to read it and to accomplish the comprehension task(s).Deliverable 13. T sends SS their edited essays and comments on them with them. the teacher (T) welcomes students (SS) and envisages the content of the lesson and check homework. SS retell 3 The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. T sends SS text document containing rules and exercises. it is checked and all questions and doubts are addressed by T. After discussion T draws SS’s attention to the most common errors which appeared in the conversation and corrects them. Students can look for new expressions also in an on-line dictionary. Discussion is held around major holidays. Grammar: T presents a new grammar unit – comparatives and superlatives of adjectives. traditions and special days organized in honor of some historical figure. T can present more events unfamiliar to students and share interesting links related with the topic. This document reflects the views only of the author. graduations. Communication and web-conferencing tools Educators count with numerous possibilities how to explore this tool in educative environments. They go through the rules together and after an example exercise. Its implementation in language education can enhance lessons and make the course more interesting for students and teachers. and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. both in the Republic and English speaking countries that people are familiar with. Example of implementation Type of lesson: Skype Learning General English. As following. .

They can include its historical.slideshare. This document reflects the views only of the author. In the next lesson they will present their task and share links for the storage place where they placed their presentation (e.macmillandictionary. and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Listening: T sends SS a link to a video related with customs or chooses a song and sends SS the link and a file with comprehension questions or gaps.Deliverable 13. Experimental lesson through Skype might be also essential on account of making sure the connection between all participants is smooth and mellow. SS’s tasks is to prepare a brief presentation about the Czech Republic as if they would like to present it to a business partner. interesting places and as well can mention a few details about their home town or city in which they live or work. grown crops. SS are given a limit to hand it in. Useful tips Students might need to look up some word while communicating through Skype.Welcome to The Czech Republic.com http://dictionary. Other issues Explaining students the fundamental principles of operating Skype before starting using it may be considered as it takes some time to familiarize with the programme. www.org 4 The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. . Resource Analysis Template aPLaNet WP2 Skype.net). geographical and cultural background. Communication and web-conferencing tools • • the text in their own words and check the answers within the group. Conclusion: T assigns a task to prepare for the next on-line lesson . Students listen or watch and complete the exercises. www.g. imported / exported products. The easiest way is an on-line dictionary.cambridge.

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