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  1. Training and testing oral skills INTUIT Closing conference 30 January 2008 Annemiek Wegman, Roger Staats Universiteit Leiden, Radboud Universiteit

  2. Contents of this presentation • Training speaking skills • Recording unprepared talks • Uploading through • European Language Portfolio • Blackboard (Assignments) • Video recordings final presentations • Streaming video in Blackboard • Testing speaking skills • SET 10 (based on automatic speech recognition)

  3. Recording unprepared talks: aims Aims Make students more aware of their English speaking skills level Provide them with knowledge and instruments to autonomously improve their English speaking skills

  4. Recording unprepared talks: structure Structure Students assess their oral competence skills (ELP) Students record monologues Odeo, Audacity Sanako digital recorder in the language lab mobile phone Students upload monologues (first pilots: ELP, last pilot: Blackboard) Teacher provides written feedback

  5. Pilots with students and staff Technical issues Problems in using Odeo and Audacity Problems in uploading audio files in the ELP, the programme was less user friendly than expected Problems in uploading audio files through Assignments in Blackboard Different approach to technology; generation gap

  6. Pilots with students and staff Evaluation Students are positive about the monologues and the feedback Greater awareness of their strong/weak points Better knowledge about how to improve their English Improved performance during the 13 week course

  7. Conclusions Most innovative aspect Speaking skills training is no longer restricted to classroom hours Positive points Speaking skills training is longer and more intensive Students repeat until they are satisfied and send their best recordings No relevant increase of teacher’s work