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Using Technology to get our students speaking

Russell Stannard

Centre for Applied Linguistics

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com 300.00 visitors a year Free newsletter has 12.teachertrainingvideos. Centre for Applied Linguistics .Russell Stannard • • • • • • • • Principal Teaching Fellow University of Warwick Won British Council ELTons for Technology Won Times Higher Outstanding Achievement in ICT Won University of Westminster “Excellence in Teaching and Learning” Website www.600 subscribers Gives talks and presentations all over the world.

Speaking • Why is speaking so important in the language classroom today but was not 40 years ago? • Why do you think so many students have problems with speaking? Centre for Applied Linguistics .

The importance of speaking • It is what many people want to be able to do with the language • It is what many employers need • It is often the way that people evaluate if someone knows or doesn’t know a language • It is at the heart of what most languages are. • Washback Centre for Applied Linguistics . • It’s became more prominent with the introduction of CLT.

Why do students have problems? • Shy ( cultural/personal) • Face (Jang & Head 2004) • Difficult ( requires a lot of processing and little time) • Limited time in the class to speak (Jianing 2007) • Training of teachers-How they set up speaking activities • Limited opportunities to speak outside of the class Centre for Applied Linguistics .

What can technology do? • Encourage speaking outside of the class ( record) • Create a possible audience • Give a specific outcome to the recordings ( Nation 1989) • Reduce the problems of face. shy students etc • Allow for preparation time Centre for Applied Linguistics .

Pair taping • Work done by David Kluge and Peter Schneider ( see references) • Pair recordings • Can be part of official assessment • Choose content or leave students to make decisions • Didn’t suggest preparation work in the class • One tape per pair • Notes left with stickies ( Schneider) Centre for Applied Linguistics .

Pair taping ( 2) • Kluge used 2 tapes ( one for first and last recordings only) other for on-going recordings • Some forms of self-evaluation included • Teacher evaluation focused on fluency Centre for Applied Linguistics .

• Allows students to upload PowerPoint.myBrainShark • Presented at IATEFL in 2011. Pictures or even video and then add voice. • Allows tasks to be set up in the class but completed at home ( Connected Classroom). • Help videos provided at end Centre for Applied Linguistics . Word Document. • Allows for free recordings of up to 15 mins. • Or can simply be used as a podcasting tool.

Experiments with the tool • Used other tools previously to myBrainShark • Connected the classroom activities with the homework resulted in better recordings • Providing example models also helped • Dealing with the feedback is a complex issue • Self reflection/peer evaluation Centre for Applied Linguistics .

Feedback • How do we deal with the recordings? • Can we get students to self-evaluate? • Can we get students to peer-evaluate? Centre for Applied Linguistics .

• MailVu Centre for Applied Linguistics . • Vocaroo Webcam tool that allows you to use your webcam ( help videos at end).Other tools for speaking Simple tool that allows you to make very quick and simple audio recordings (help videos at end).

org/Techniques/Kluge-PartnerTaping. X Storytelling in the EFL Speaking Classroom. Dealing with reticence in the speaking class. Using Partner taping http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Cullen-Brainstorming/ • Kluge. ELT-J 64/1 On the internet • Jianing.Reading Journals • Nation.org/Techniques/Kluge-PartnerTaping. http://iteslj. D.org/Techniques/Jianing-Storytelling. X & Head K (2004).html • Cullen B Brainstorming Before Speaking Tasks http://iteslj.html Centre for Applied Linguistics . Boosting Speaking Fluency through Partner Taping http://iteslj.html Shneider P. P (1989) Speaking Activities: five features. ELT-J 43/1 • Zhang.

• MailVu • MyBrainShark • Vocaroo Centre for Applied Linguistics .Help video how you how to use the tools.