January 2009 -
Maximizing the use of voice
recording programs in the classroom
Many of the class management software
programs that teachers and schools use, now include some type of
Voice recording software (Wimba, audacity, etc.). There are many
little things a teacher can do to begin using this software in the
classroom. Here are some ideas:
1) we may have noticed that students
don't really use punctuation when reading a foreign language text,
making their comprehension more difficult. Therefore, we teachers
can record ourselves reading the text, turning it into an audio text
to which the student can listen to while reading the written text.
2) make some of the workbook's
paragraph writing activities, oral ones to be recorded. Voice boards
or voice messages are excellent for this use. Some sample of such
activities are the "describe your family" or the "talk about a film
you saw recently" exercises.
3) for extra practice, turn the lesson
warm up and cool down into oral activities which students must
record prior or after class. As a variation, have students in pairs
take turns making such recordings.
4) incorporate some recording into
assignments and projects such as PowerPoint presentations, poster
creations, book reviews. Respectively, students can record the
run-through of the presentation, the explanation of the poster and
have a simulated radio show for the book review.
5) turn oral exams and other oral
exercises like short conversations into recordings. This last ides
also saves time as the teacher can listen to the exams from home.