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TEFL Masterclass – Promoting Listening and Speaking Skills Through Creativity

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Joe Dale – Modern Foreign Languages Guru, Technology & Language Learning Expert.

Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK with 13 years of teaching experience who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian.

What you will learn

In this workshop, we will showcase a number of free web resources and tools which can be used to practise listening and speaking skills in any context.

First, we will focus particularly on Vocaroo, SpeakPipe and which allow students to record speaking homeworks and for teachers to give audio feedback.

Next, we will look at QWIQR for conversation practice asynchronously or face to face.

Finally, we will demonstrate how Wheel of Names can be used to pick student names randomly as well as practise chunks of language, sentence starters, subject pronouns, infinitives etc as a prompt for speaking or writing.

Workshop Summary

Introduction to Enhancing Language Skills Through Creativity

Joe Dale shares his expertise in using creative methods to improve listening and speaking skills in language learning. With a rich background of teaching at secondary and middle school levels, Dale’s session at the Gallery Teachers Masterclass focuses on practical advice and free web resources for language educators. He highlights his experience in integrating technology into language teaching, emphasising the importance of digital tools in today’s educational landscape.

Leveraging Audio Recording Tools for Language Practice

The workshop introduces educators to various tools that facilitate audio recording without the need for student logins. Dale showcases Vocaroo, SpeakPipe Voice Recorder, and Record MP3 Online as key resources that enable easy recording, sharing, and assessment of student speaking tasks. These tools, updated for broad device compatibility and designed for both individual and classroom use, offer up to a year of file storage and support the development of speaking skills in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) context, making language practice more accessible and engaging.

Quicker Conversations for Interactive Learning

Dale explores the potential of Quicker Conversations, a platform designed for asynchronous voice interaction. This innovative tool allows students to engage in dynamic dialogues, providing a flexible environment for practising speaking remotely. With features supporting organised conversations, browser-based recording, and data protection compliance for servers in the UK and EU, Quicker Conversations stands out as a versatile resource for enriching language teaching with asynchronous communication.

Creative Teaching Examples and Student Recognition

The session delves into creative teaching examples that enhance student engagement and comprehension. Dale highlights the use of Google Street View and QR codes to create engaging language exercises and introduces the concept of ‘praise postcards’ for acknowledging student achievements. These strategies not only motivate students but also offer a personalised approach to feedback, contributing to a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

Conclusion: The Impact of Digital Tools on Language Education

In conclusion, Joe Dale’s masterclass underscores the significant impact of digital tools on language education. By providing practical insights into the use of audio recording platforms and interactive resources like the Wheel of Names, Dale demonstrates how technology can transform the teaching and learning of languages. The session reaffirms the importance of creativity and technological integration in developing listening and speaking skills, offering language educators a wealth of strategies to engage students and enhance learning outcomes.

Reflective Questions

Have a quick think about the reflective questions below in order to get the most out of the workshop:

  1. How do you use technology to practise listening and speaking skills?
  2. What are your top tips for practising listening and speaking synchronously and asynchronously?
  3. What effect has the pandemic had on your students’ speaking skills?
  4. What are you going to put into practice as a result of this webinar?

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