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  • Practising Discussion & Interview Skills with EFL learners using Web2.0 tools
    Adam Forrester
    English Language Centre
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    eLearning 2.0 Conference 2011
  • Background
    Workplace English for Business Students
    Students
    Assessments
  • Student Problems
    Language issues
    Content issues
    Out of class practice?
  • Online Voice Discussion Tools
    Voicethread
    voice discussions based around video, pictures, text
    3 free discussions
    Voxopop
    voice discussions around text
    unlimited discussions
  • Instructions
    Time
    Say name
    Listen and reply
    Use “discussion language”
  • Results (1)
    78 participants
    17 different discussions
    Total length 288 minutes
    Average length 17 minutes
    Most popular discussions
    University exchange
    Role of men and women
    Least popular
    Health insurance
  • Results
    Use of discussion language
    75% of postings
    More in early part of discussion
    Content
    New
    Views generally supported by good examples / good arguments
  • Student Feedback
    Online Voice Discussions Survey Results
    “it’s very convenient to use and it works well”
    “quite easy to use”
    “it’s easier to talk to a computer”
    “it’s not the same as a face to face discussion”
  • Added benefits
    Student Listening Time
    Listen to a range of abilities / non native speakers
    Similarity to real life
  • Issues
    Asynchronous discussion
    Not face to face practice
    Non verbal clues
    Length of responses
    Lack of student use ‘out of class’
    Teacher workload
  • Interview Practice (1)
    Authentic Job Adverts
    copy as a jpg
    uploaded on to Flickr
    saved in a set
    create a slideshow
    embed in webpage / blog
  • Interview Practice (2)
    Job Interview Questions recorded
    record using audacity on computer
    upload to podbean
    create playlist
    embed on webpage / blog
    Online voice recording
    embed vocaroo voice recorder on webpage / blog
  • Recommendations
    Don’t let the technology replace the teaching
    Get the students to do more
    Discussions – create their own, summarising, weaving and moderating
    Self-reflection
    Peer marking
    Integrate into courses
  • Tools Used
    Moodle (hosted on University servers)
    Online voice discussions
    http://voicethread.com/
    http://www.voxopop.com/
    Online Voice Recording
    http://vocaroo.com/
    Podcasting
    http://www.podbean.com/
    Photo sharing
    http://www.flickr.com/
  • Adam Forrester
    ecadamf@gmail.com
    http://about.me/adamf