There is a free voice recorder on every computer and if the learners are given tasks which require the production of spoken output it is possible to generate more spoken language than just what the learners use in the classroom.

One type of output from a number of activities is to produce a speech. It’s like a written composition but the final production is spoken aloud rather than being handed in to be read by the teacher.

Presentations using PowerPoint can be produced with narration. This is a standard feature of the software.

Many MP3 players and mobile phones have voice recorders built in so these again can be used to record spoken output for teachers to listen to and for peers to comment on.

Recording the speech is very good practice which allows the learners to refine and improve over a period of time before being asked to stand up in front of the whole group. This is excellent preparation for work situations where learners have to do this in front of audiences of their peers at work.

Listen to a recording of a speech made by a learner. This can be used for self correction and with supportive peers for peer correction.

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The teacher can use the voice recorder to highlight specific words and sounds.

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The teacher can then record their own version of the speech for purposes of comparison.

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This is an iterative approach and recordings can be made on a daily basis for the learner to monitor improvements over a period of time. This can successfully be used autonomously.

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