Listening and Speaking Activities

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Butler-Pascoe, M.E. & Wiburg, K.M (2003). Technology and Teaching English Language Learners. Pearson Education, Inc. Chapter 4: Using Technology to Teach Oral Communication Skills, pages 81 to 96: Developing Listening Skills


LISTENING

(a) Give the name of the activities

A varierty of listening activities and topics

e.g A Day at School, Car Rental, Home Security, Blind Date

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(b) Include the electronic address of each activity (link).

http://www.elllo.org/

http://www.esl-lab.com/


(c) Define the type of the activity

Both websites share common elements. They consist

of a variety of topics that can be used for listening practice.

After each topic a set of questions is provided based on the

listening activity and students have to answer them for

better conprehension of what they have listened to.


(d) Give the language level of the activity

Having said that both websites have various activities,

they are also categorised in groups according to their level.

Therefore, these websites could be used for all levels of English.


(e) Describe the content of each activity: topic, type, language level,

interface, navigation, user friendliness, etc.

(f) Evaluate each activity in terms of its suitability to be used in a language class.

Both websites consist of a huge variety of topics. These are activities

that can be used in class. The websites are user friendly

and suitable for every level of English.

These websites look really appealing as a variety of topics are presented.

Students can choose any topic according to their interests and even practice

at home.



SPEAKING

(a) Give the name of the activity


A. Jobs and Career

B. Travel

(b) Include the electronic address of each activity (link).

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A. http://www.eslgold.com/win/jobs_career.html


B. http://waze.net/oea/#Relationships


(c) Define the type of the activity


A. Speaking Activity. (jobs and career). Student centered activity


B Speaking Activity. Students work in pairs. Student centered activity


(d) Give the language level of the activity


A. Intermediate level


B. Almost any level


(e) Describe the content of each activity:

topic, type, language level.


A. This is a speaking activity about jobs and career. This activity contains


everything you will need for the lesson. Vocabulary, phrases and situations,


articles on the topic are all available for the discussion.

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B. This speaking activity is similar to the previous activity.

What makes this one different from the other is that this

activity is more fun. Doing the same kind of activities all

the time becomes boring for students.

Moreover, this activity includes a lot of vocabulary.





(f) Evaluate each activity in terms of its suitability to be used in a language class.**


A. This activity is suitable to be used in class as it is appropriate for the students level.


Many times students do not participate in discusiion because the topic is boring.


However, this topic is interesting because all students like talking about their future job.21_students_throwing_paper_airplanes_at_angry_teacher_sitting_behind_his_desk_with_ungraded_exams.jpg.png


Having knowledge on a topic is really important because it keeps students interested.


Presenting a topic that students do not have any knowledge on, it will probably lead to a boring lesson.


B. These activities have no specific thematic focus, therefore it can be used in all oral activities and also almost with any level. It is divided into three parts.

Adventure holiday discussion, guess the mime and team guessing games.

All parts are really interesting and above all funny. This type of activity


brings amazing results as students learn through playing games.

This activity would be suitable to be used in class if vocabulary

around the topic "travel" is taught.

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