Speaking in class

Recording students in class can be very motivating. Even if you don't do anything with the recording afterwards. Why? The act of recording gives their speaking a greater sense of importance. They will want to speak well (because there's going to be a record of it) and will be more keen to hear how their pronunciation / accuracy is.

You can also ask the students to repeat their speaking, which isn't usually easy to do in the classroom. If you are preparing something like a magazine format / radio show, then the learners can prepare what they are going to say first and rehearse until it sounds good.

If you also publish the recording as a podcast and make it available to people on the Internet, then this is even better. The act of publishing will give greater weight to the recording session. They will also be able to share the recording with friends, family, and other classes. And it will exist as a record of what they are able to do in English. This can be revisited later in the course and they will be able to (hopefully) notice a difference in the way that they speak (i.e. have a sense that they have improved).

Some examples:

Equipment :
  • A mobile phone, mp3 player or voice recorder can be used to great effect in any classroom. If your organisation decides to invest in a voice recorder, then one with a built-in speaker is recommended, so that recordings can be played back to the students instantly. It's also better if it records direct to mp3 if you are going to publish the recording online (no conversion is then necessary).
  • Alternatively, if the students have access to a computer room, then they can use a voiceboard such as http://www.voxopop.com/

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