Use of smartphone applications to help
Pronunciation (word and sentence level)
Listening comprehension (general and
Speaking accuracy (with focus on TOEFL
Speaking fluency (words per minute)
Reading speed and fluency
Students set language to U.S. or British English depending on their purpose (TOEFL, IELTS, Study
Students are given sentences/short paragrapghs/conversations to listen to a read out.
Students given pre-course test:
Record accuracy rate
Students repeatedly practice throughout the semester (largely outside of class).
Students given mid and post course test.
Accuracy rates improved from approximately 50-60% to 80-90%
Students reportedly enjoyed the activity
TED Talks, You Tube, TOEFL/TOEIC Apps, ListenUP
elllo.org, breakingnewsenglish.com, testden.com
carry out listening anywhere; do not need a PC room
keep a listening log and share resources/experiences with peers
Students did an additional 3-4 hours of listening per week
Better increases in TOEFL listening scores (25% better gains than
compared to previous courses).
Various Vocab Applications
Word Cards: Anki
Specific Word Lists:
Allows students to study, take tests, record progress, mark
cards etc. anywhere.
Most students used above apps to support/consolidate
words learned using traditional word cards.
Example: using a smartphone voice recorder to improve test
Students record TOEFL speaking test responses
Then listen and make notes/partly transcribe
Get peer feedback on + and – points, and receive a grade
Repeat, trying to improve grammar, organization, vocabulary etc.
Teacher collects via email and gives feedback (not on all)
Average of 20 additional speaking practices over the semester.
They became very accurate raters (quality/accuracy of feedback)
Score increases on TOEFL speaking tests were significantly
greater than in previous/other courses.
Twice a week (1 in class, 1 outside):
Students do a 1 minute recorded ‘Quickspeak’
Then speaker and partner listen, count, and record words
Enter word count on a graph
Average WPM increase of 40-50
Students are speaking at about 140-150 WPM
Native speaker average is about 180
All of the activities described have proven to
easily incorporated into a language course
great supplementary activities
effective in increasing time-on-task and
effective for helping learners make significant
improvements in a variety of skills