Learners' voice and video recordings as homework: might be helpful? by

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This session focused on using recordings to encourage our learners to do homework. 

The two teachers from Russia shared their experience with their monolingual learners who are not motivated and do not have enough exposure to English outside the classroom. Some of their learners, they said are shy to express themselves in the classroom and do not have the chance to practice their English at home. So they encouraged these young learners to record their reading which helped them to repeat a good model of English, grammatical structures and they listen to themselves several times. It gives teachers the opportunity to correct pronunciation mistakes and check if learners understand what they read. They played examples of recordings made by their learners and the results showed the progress in terms of proficiency and fluency. Adult learners have also carried out the tasks and effective outcomes have been reported.

They also urged their learners to make a video recording where they re-tell a story without reading. In so doing, they manage to activate their passive language into active language but also to learn a couple of phrases and expressions. 

Free speaking recordings are other ways of developing learners speaking skills. It can be telling their own story, describing a picture, a place or people. It gives learners a great chance of achievement; ownership because it is stress-free, therefore motivates them to do their best. It also has advantages for teachers as these activities enable them to identify learners' weaknesses and correct them accordingly. A good way of using these recordings is to use them as classroom materials, i.e. asking students in the class to listen to a description and try to draw the item being described.

The learners themselves gave a feedback on these activities and talked about how the recordings enabled them to enhance their speaking skills.


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