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Talk It UpCreating a portfolio of speech samples

TESL Canada 2014

Sheri Rhodes


What brings you here?

  • Tools

  • Tasks

  • Portfolio

  • Other

Talk it up


Theinstructional objective

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

Why:

"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:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Who: instructor, peers, student

Form:

  • *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

  • Advantages for the Instructor:

    • Hear

    • Assess

      Advantages for the Learner:

    • Hear and Compare

    • Notice

    • Improve

    • Reflect

    • Engage

      Graham Stanley, 2013


Then to Now


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


Where can we create content?


In Class

  • “Mobile” devices

    • Provided by the institution

    • Provided by the instructor

    • BYOD


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

  • Student owned devices

    • In the home

    • Mobile

  • Accessed at school, in community


Ways to capture


Using tools in new ways

  • Telephones

    • Voicethread

    • Tumblr

  • Cameras

    • On phones

    • Stand alone

  • Home computers

    • Audio tools included


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


Applications

  • Voicethread (web and mobile)

  • Soundcloud (web and mobile)

  • Voxopop (web only)


Devices

  • Digital Voice Recorders

  • Smart Phones

  • Computers

  • Home Phones


Where can the portfolio live?

  • Web-based tool

  • Website/wiki/blog

  • CMS

  • Cloud based storage

  • Portable storage


Tasks

  • Discrete skills

    • Pronunciation

    • Grammar application

  • Integrative skills

    • Meaningful communication

    • Pragmatics use

      http://student1portfolio.wikispaces.com/


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


Have you used Soundcloud? (pronunciation)


Record directly on the site;

Upload an existing audio file; or

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


Download the file with an .m4a file extension.


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


Have you used Voicethread? (oral accuracy)


Sample Task

  • Voxopop

    • Add to a discussion thread – class survey

    • Advantage: easy for students to initiate discussion, asynchronous, private group

    • Disadvantage: prepared, less authentic


Have you used Voxopop? (discussion threads)


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


Have you used a Digital Voice Recorder? (partner work)


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

  • 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?

  • Tutorials on the site

  • Tutorials posted on YouTube

  • At local workshops

  • Watch a webinar

  • Take a course


Thank you!

srhodes@mtroyal.ca

Twitter: whistlepunch

Presentation will be posted at:

http://srhodes.wikispaces.com


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