Developing Listening and Speaking Skills with Technology
Developing Listening and Speaking Skills
De Vega, Fernando
Técnicas Informáticas- 2014
Teacher: Maria Laura García
The internet provides many examples of spoken
language and opportunities for practicing L2 speaking
and listening skills.
It allows us to choose updated material and, most
importantly, material our students like.
Why use the Internet?
Accuracy and acceptance
Are references given?
Is the spelling and grammar correct?
Is the content dated or updated?
Authority and coverage
Does the content have authority?
Are the authors qualified to provide information on this
Can the author be contacted?
Where is the content published? What is the domain
name of the website? Is it published by a large
organisation, or on a personal website?
Does the site provide information/advice/ideas/other
Does the site contain any advertising? Does this
influence the content?
Audience and relevance
Who is the intended audience for this content?
Is the content easy to read and understand?
Is the site specifically aimed at children? If so, is the level
and tone of the content appropriate?
Does the material provide everything that is needed?
Is there an explicit educational focus to the content?
Will it support learners with different learning styles?
Ease of use
Is the site well structured?
Is it easy to find relevant information? What facilities does
the site provide to help locate information?
Does the site load quickly?
Is the site attractive in design?
English Central breaks
down videos everybody
enjoys to maximize the
learning experience and
focus on multiple aspects
of the language at the
What is English Central?
● Database of hundreds of
● Each video is split in 4
● Scoring system
● Repository for learnt words
● Track of learning process
The site is very user-friendly and makes the experience of using the website enjoyable. A scoring
system is included.
The videos included appeal different age groups. A multiplicity of topics are developed in the
videos, ranging from documentaries to short stories and movie trailers. These are classified by
skills, difficulty level and interests.
Focus is made on different aspects of the language: phonology, morphology, meaning and use in
Additional equipment (microphone) is required
Subscription is required to access the
content. Although Facebook can be
easily used to log in, not everybody
has Facebook or wants to use the
account for this purpose.
The site may be set to Spanish, which
impoverishes the whole website
The site is mostly self paced, which is good if the teacher can
closely monitor the students activity. Otherwise, students may
not follow the instructions accordingly.
English Central in the Classroom
Competitions: getting the highest
score/leadership board Testing
English Central in the Lesson
1) Select a video (Take into account target group’s interests, level and the
topic that is being discussed in the unit.
2) Play the video to the whole group and focus on certain language elements.
Practice pronunciation via drilling exercises. Have students guess the
meaning of certain words.
2) Have students explore the entire video and carry out the activities as a
competition. Whoever gets the higher score wins.
Tune into English
This website contains many
activities to develop
listening and speaking
skills through the use of
songs, lyrics, and radio
● There is plenty of material to work with
● The content is easy to find
● the content is easy to read and understand
● There is an explicit educational focus
● It has a phonological approach
● Distracting ads everywhere
● You need to sign up to access the
● The design of the site is not
attractive and quite confusing,
● There is too much information; it
can be rather daunting.
● Worksheets are not categorised
● Long list of songs
● Updated regularly
● Easy to find and fast to load
● Correct grammar and spelling
● There a number of intrusive ads. http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/?p=390
- After doing the listening activity, T
plays the Karaoke version of the
song (big screen needed) for
students to sing along.
- T chooses a song and prepares a
listening comprehension activity for Ss
(fill in the blanks, order the stanzas,
correct the mistakes, etc.)
- T plays an instrumental song and
ask Ss to write a stanza for the
melody in small groups.
● Fergal Kavanagh’s roadshows:
● Tune Into English on Facebook:
● Opinion by Media and Learning (Brussels 2014):
my.englishclub.com is a
social network that spins off
englishclub.com. In many
ways it works as Facebook
and its main objective is
fostering interaction and
communication in English
among online English
Content in this site can
be updated by all
members and therefore
students may find varied
topics. This also means
content is constantly
Students have access to
videos, photos and blogs
specialized in different
areas or integrated skills.
Students can start their own discussion groups
or join existing ones.
Students can chat with other English learners
and have real-time communication
● You need to create a user account and build a profile.
● Content is too broad: too much information may be daunting.
● The site is not aimed at a specific age audience and it may therefore
be inappropriate for young learners.
● Anyone can post things so content may include some mistakes or
● Although there are privacy settings, students may be contacted by
strangers or unfriendly members.
Ideas to use my.englishclub.com in the
● Students could create a class group where they can post videos related to
the topics dealt in class. E.g.: If the unit is “animals” students can post
videos on their favourite animals and comment on each other’s posts.
● The teacher could choose a topic (e.g. routines) and ask students to post
humorous memes on that topic.
The website that takes
Internet forums to the next level.
Just record your voice and
let people listen to what you have to say
about different issues.
● Good Talkgroup settings
● Low digital literacy required
In addition, you can:
● make your profile more vivid by recording your voice
● Have access to many interesting talkgroups
Or you can even
Share the link of your talkgroup
on different social networks!
● Too much text and few visual support
● The home page is almost an invitation not to visit the site; too basic
● Uploading your recording may sometimes take longer than necessary
● Latest version of Java needed to operate
● No real-time communication
Voxopop in the classroom
1) Choose a topic your Ss may find interesting
2) Create a Talkgroup on that topic
3) Invite the class to make contributions as
If you want to watch a tutorial on how to use Voxopop click here
For some ideas on how to apply Voxopop in your classes click here
Remember: The sky is the limit!
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