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Talk It Up Creating a portfolio of speech samples. TESL Canada 2014 Sheri Rhodes. What brings you here?. Tools Tasks Portfolio Other. Talk it up. T he instructional objective. Support our students in their efforts to improve their skills in speaking Why:

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what brings you here
What brings you here?
  • Tools
  • Tasks
  • Portfolio
  • Other

Talk it up

t he instructional objective
Theinstructional objective

Support our students in their efforts to improve their skills in speaking


"the process of building and sharing meaning through the use of verbal and non-verbal symbols, in a variety of contexts"

skill of speaking includes
Skill of speaking includes:
  • Producing the English speech sounds and sound patterns
  • Using word and sentence stress, intonation patterns and the rhythm of the second language.
  • Selecting appropriate words and sentences according to the proper social setting, audience, situation and subject matter.
  • Organizing thoughts in a meaningful and logical sequence.
  • Using language as a means of expressing values and judgments.
  • Using the language quickly and confidently with few unnatural pauses(fluency).

Nunan, 2003

functions of a portfolio
Functions of a Portfolio
  • Plan educational programs;
  • Document knowledge, skills, abilities, and learning;
  • Track development within a program;
  • Find a job;
  • Evaluate a course; and
  • Monitor and evaluate performance.
  • Lorenzo and Ittelson, 2005
portfolio contents
Portfolio contents
  • Definition: A collection of artifacts, including demonstrations, resources and accomplishments that represent an individual.
  • Writing portfolios
    • Artifacts are printed text.
  • Speaking portfolios
    • What evidence can we provide of someone’s speaking ability?
feedback without audio capture
Feedback without audio capture

Who: instructor, peers, student


  • *Face to face individual feedback – immediate or delayed
  • *Group feedback – immediate or delayed
  • Checklist use
  • Rubric use
  • Evaluation grids use
  • Task reflections
  • Written comments
capturing the production
Capturing the Production
  • Advantages for the Instructor:
    • Hear
    • Assess

Advantages for the Learner:

    • Hear and Compare
    • Notice
    • Improve
    • Reflect
    • Engage

Graham Stanley, 2013

solution not the tool
Solution not the tool

“Technological innovation is driven by many factors, but not one of them concerns a pedagogical imperative.”

Diane Laurillard

“Don’t fall in love with technology. Fall in love with solutions.”

Ron Sparks

in class
In Class
  • “Mobile” devices
    • Provided by the institution
    • Provided by the instructor
    • BYOD
in a computer lab
In a Computer Lab
  • Dedicated recording tools
    • Audacity / Garageband
  • Web-based tools
    • Podcasting sites
    • Others
  • Features of other software
    • PowerPoint narration
outside of class time
Outside of class time
  • Student owned devices
    • In the home
    • Mobile
  • Accessed at school, in community
using tools in new ways
Using tools in new ways
  • Telephones
    • Voicethread
    • Tumblr
  • Cameras
    • On phones
    • Stand alone
  • Home computers
    • Audio tools included
best practices
Best Practices
  • Limit tool variety
  • Use it frequently
  • Model the use
  • Start with an orientation task – LTA
  • Clear instructions /
    • text based and visual guide
  • Use what others have shared
  • Voicethread (web and mobile)
  • Soundcloud (web and mobile)
  • Voxopop (web only)
  • Digital Voice Recorders
  • Smart Phones
  • Computers
  • Home Phones
where can the portfolio live
Where can the portfolio live?
  • Web-based tool
  • Website/wiki/blog
  • CMS
  • Cloud based storage
  • Portable storage
  • Discrete skills
    • Pronunciation
    • Grammar application
  • Integrative skills
    • Meaningful communication
    • Pragmatics use

sample task
Sample Task
  • Soundcloud mobile app
    • Pronunciation Feature Task
    • Advantage: Comment feature, easy to use mobile app, embeds easily, private
    • Disadvantage: instructor account or students need own application and account

Record directly on the site;

Upload an existing audio file; or

Use the very simple mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.

sample task1
Sample Task
  • VoicethreadPhone application
    • Accurate language use – How often do you …?
    • Advantage: visually prompted, shared with others, everyone can use, embeds easily, private
    • Disadvantage: limit to free access
sample task2
Sample Task
  • Voxopop
    • Add to a discussion thread – class survey
    • Advantage: easy for students to initiate discussion, asynchronous, private group
    • Disadvantage: prepared, less authentic
sample task3
Sample Task
  • Digital Voice Recorder
    • Role play language exchange with a partner
    • Decide on a tourist attraction to research
    • Advantage – User friendly, minimally intrusive for interaction, not reliant on web access, synchronous which is more authentic
    • Disadvantage – post recording process to share, can’t view interaction between participants
where do i start
Where do I start?
  • Current practice?
  • Where would students benefit most from review, reflection, additional models?
  • Select the tool that fits the task
  • Create a model and task instructions
  • Try it out (colleague – family member – willing student)
  • Tweak and pilot
  • Review and share!
build the portfolio tasks
Build the portfolio tasks
  • Move from only text based documents to collection of sample files, links or embedded tools that showcase speaking tasks throughout your program.
  • Start with initial and final tasks – of similar format and using the same audio capture.
  • Practice between – with repeated use of the tool but not requiring every sample to go into the portfolio Or Let students decide which samples to share such as “post 4 of the 10 weekly activities recorded in the term”.
where can i get support
Where can I get support?
  • Tutorials on the site
  • Tutorials posted on YouTube
  • At local workshops
  • Watch a webinar
  • Take a course
thank you
Thank you!

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