VoiceThread for Online Oral Language Practice

Posted January 22nd, 2016 at 10:20 am.

Project Team

Agnès Peysson-Zeiss (French), David Kenosian (German) and Manar Darwish (Arabic)
Chris Boyland, Senior Educational Technology Specialist
Jenny Spohrer, Director of Educational Technology Services
Esther Chiang and Elizabeth Reilly, Post-Bac Educational Technologists

Courses Involved

FREN001 Intensive Elementary French
GERM B001 Elementary German
ARAB B003-001 Second Year Modern Standard Arabic


Platform development: Summer-Fall 2014
Piloted in courses: AY 2014-2015

Goals and Description

Agnès Peysson-Zeiss, David Kenosian and Manar Darwish collaborated with Chris Boyland and Jenny Spohrer to expand the opportunities students in language classes at all levels have to practice and get feedback on their oral speaking skills. These 3 faculty members are creating assignments on a platform called VoiceThread, which allows faculty and students to create narrated online multimedia slide presentations and orally discuss them. It functions much like a traditional discussion board, except that faculty or students record the questions or comments they wish to post, and others play them back and then record answers. Faculty plan to structure the assignments to provide opportunities for students to practice speaking, to listen to themselves speak and compare their speech to both peers and native speakers, and to get better feedback on some of the more nuanced aspects of pronunciation and usage. The team hopes to evaluate the impact these assignments have on students’ speaking skills though pre- and post-tests scored by outside evaluators. The VoiceThread that the students made are private.

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