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Enhancing Communication with Voice and Video Chat. Susan Mraz & Luis Alonso-Ovalle Hispanic Studies University of Massachusetts, Boston. The traditional setting. In the classroom Teacher / student interaction Group activities: student / student interaction Outside of the classroom

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Enhancing communication with voice and video chat

Enhancing Communication with Voice and Video Chat

Susan Mraz & Luis Alonso-Ovalle

Hispanic Studies

University of Massachusetts, Boston


The traditional setting

The traditional setting

  • Inthe classroom

    • Teacher / student interaction

    • Group activities: student / student interaction

  • Outside of the classroom

    • Tutoring

    • Friends / neighbors / community


Challenges

Challenges

  • Outside of the classroom

    • Tutoring: not real-life context

    • Friends / neighbors / community: not all students have access to native speakers.


Synchronous communication

Synchronous communication

  • Encourages speakers to develop real-life production / listening strategies

  • Introduces real-life dynamics (linguistic and cultural)

  • Introduces spontaneous interaction


Challenges1

Challenges

  • Limited opportunities to engage in synchronous communication.

  • Communication is not authentic.

    • Teacher / student: self-consciousness

    • Student / student: limited production / comprehension skills


Technology comes to the rescue

Technology comes to the rescue

  • Use of real-time audio/video applications can

    • Enhance the traditional classroom synchronous communication

    • Supplement it


Real time audio video

Real time audio/video

  • Class presentations

  • Group work / conferencing

    • Collaborating with “outsiders”

    • Bringing different backgrounds, linguistic skills

  • Interviews

  • Tutoring


Real time audio video1

Real time audio/video

  • Virtual real-time class visits

    • Native speakers

      • Real-life dynamics

      • Dialectal / sociological variation

      • Cultural conventions

    • Advanced language / linguistics: fieldwork

    • Experts


Real time audio video2

Real time audio / video

  • Virtual study abroad exchange

    • Inexpensive

    • Students can take the lead

    • Broader exposure to different linguistic varieties


Real time audio video3

Real time audio / video

  • Student / student exchange: different institutions

    • Can bring communities together

    • Breaking social barriers

    • Exchanging methodologies


Skype

Skype

  • p2p Internet telephony network

  • calls regular phone numbers (for a fee)

  • Freeware

  • Cross-platform


Ichat

iChat

  • AOL IM, ICQ, .Mac, Google Talk and Jabber client

  • Mac Only


Skype demo

Skype demo

  • Audio: Several parties

  • Video: one-to-one

    • Optional video recorder

  • Text-messaging:

    • File sharing (as attachments)

    • Sharing web links

    • Can save


Ichat demo

iChat demo

  • Audio: Up to 9 parties

    • Can record audio tracks with Garage Band

  • Video: Up to 4 parties

    • Can record audio tracks with Garage Band

  • Text-messaging

    • File sharing

    • Sharing web links

    • Real time picture sharing


Asyncronous audio video

Asyncronous audio / video

  • Practice at their own pace

  • Repeat input as often as they need

  • Improve pronunciation

  • Self-consciousness less of a problem: less stress for timid speakers


Asyncronous audio video limitations

Asyncronous audio/video: Limitations

  • Lacking real-life dynamics (linguistic, and cultural)

  • Limited development of listening, speaking strategies

  • Non-spontaneous interaction


Some tools for asynchronous communication

Some Tools for Asynchronous Communication

  • Audio

    • Audacity

    • Garage Band

    • Countless other voice recoding applications

  • Video: iMovie


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