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Using Technology to get our students speaking

Russell Stannard

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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.teachertrainingvideos.com 300,00 visitors a year Free newsletter has 12,600 subscribers Gives talks and presentations all over the world.

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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?

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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 doesnt know a language It is at the heart of what most languages are. Its became more prominent with the introduction of CLT. Washback
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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
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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

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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 Didnt suggest preparation work in the class One tape per pair Notes left with stickies ( Schneider)
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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

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

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Feedback
How do we deal with the recordings? Can we get students to self-evaluate? Can we get students to peer-evaluate?

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Other tools for speaking


Simple tool that allows you to make very quick and simple audio recordings (help videos at end). Vocaroo Webcam tool that allows you to use your webcam ( help videos at end). MailVu
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Reading
Journals Nation, P (1989) Speaking Activities: five features. ELT-J 43/1 Zhang, X & Head K (2004). Dealing with reticence in the speaking class. ELT-J 64/1

On the internet

Jianing, X Storytelling in the EFL Speaking Classroom.


http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Jianing-Storytelling.html Cullen B Brainstorming Before Speaking Tasks http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Cullen-Brainstorming/ Kluge, D. Boosting Speaking Fluency through Partner Taping http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Kluge-PartnerTaping.html Shneider P. Using Partner taping http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Kluge-PartnerTaping.html
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Help video how you how to use the tools.


MailVu MyBrainShark Vocaroo

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