The Languages Show 2010 – Part 1

4 Nov

There was so much to see and hear about at this year’s show that I am going to have to blog several times.  So here is the first installment…

 

Like with any conference / INSET, I came back feeling fully inspired but this year was slightly different as I am no longer in the classroom, rather training prospective teachers on how to be effective MFL teachers of the future.  Quite a responsability…

I spent the train journey home and the following few days going through my notes and trying to work out how this could all feed into my Curriculum Area Sessions at the University.  

 

I decided that one of the first things I would do was to get my trainees to leave me oral feedback using a new voice recording tool www.vocaroo.com which I discovered thanks to Russell Stannard.

I conducted a session the following week on AT1 Listening in MFL and was keen to get feedback from my trainees, but being aware of how long it takes to compose a written reflection, I asked them to trial www.vocaroo.com and below you can hear a few of their thoughts.  The sound quality on the whole was good and I was able to do other jobs on my computer whilst listening to their feedback.  Multitaskingtastic!

Here is a screen shot of the site:

Screen_shot_2010-11-04_at_20

As you can see, no log on required and you simply record (and listen back if you wish) and then enter the email address you wish it to be sent to and voila!

Examples:

 http://vocaroo.com/?media=v8qleNkmpDV4PhSoK&recipient=sb1011@york.ac.uk&n…

http://vocaroo.com/?media=v3gMUyUbarqGJk7ya&recipient=sb1011@york.ac.uk

 

I can see lots of potential for using www.vocaroo.com with learners in school e.g. when preparing for controlled assessment speaking tests and when wanting to encourage less confident learners to test out their new found language skills.  Not all of my trainees had headsets with microphones (and this will possibly be the case with some of your learners) but these can be picked up SO very cheaply these days in Tesco et al.  A lot of new laptops have a microphone built in.

 

I would like to add here that Russell is an excellent speaker and trainer and is so generous in sharing his ideas and resources.  It was the first time I had heard him speak but I hope it won’t be the last.

You can find his ICT training website here: http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/  

If you are on Twitter, you can find him here: http://twitter.com/russell1955

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/londonshow/index.html is where you will find a screen capture (including voiceover) of some of the other ideas he spoke about at the show.  All the ideas he suggested were FREE.  Everyone loves a frebbie don’t they?

 

Have a go with www.vocaroo.com and let me know how you get on.

 

All the best…and keep an eye out for installment no 2, coming soon!

Suzi  

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One Response to “The Languages Show 2010 – Part 1”

  1. Marko Bespalyj November 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    cheers – will trial this

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