Using technology to get your students doing more speaking practice

Here are 3 useful websites that you can use to get your students practicing speaking either at home or in class.

Vocaroo

Vocaroo is an amazing voice recording tool as you don’t need to sign up or anything, just go straight to the website http://vocaroo.com/, record your text and you immediately get access to a link of the recording. It’s ridiculously easy to use and you can get your students recording all kinds of things; presentations, pronunciation practice, podcasts, etc, which they can then send to you by email or play in class.

jing speaking recordJing

Jing is free software which allows you to make quick screencaptures or videocaptures. You just select the area of the screen you would like to capture and press record. You can even record yourself or switch between yourself and your screen so it’s ideal for getting your students to do short presentations. You can set up your free account here: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing.html. Once you’ve done your recoding, you get a link which you can then send by email.

Eyejot

With Eyejot you can make short webcam messages which you can then send by email. Again, this is free and simple to use, you just need to set up an account here http://corp.eyejot.com/.  Eyejot can also be downloaded as an app on mobile devices so you can even get students to record themselves doing pairwork in class.

Russell Stannard has videos on his website explaining how to use all three of the above tools, along with some teaching ideas http://teachertrainingvideos.com/index.html

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