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