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ERIC Number: ED464505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 12
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Streaming Audio in ESL.
Tuzi, Frank
Streaming audio (SA) is a new technology that allows users to listen to sounds and watch videos on or off the Internet. Language instructors can incorporate this technology into their classes and enhance classroom listening activities and the listening opportunities that students can experience. Currently, very few people use SA in their courses, and fewer English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) materials developers make SA activities for the greater community. There has been virtually no research on SA and its effect on second language development. Benefits to SA include the following: students can get information, listen to real English for English native speakers, and gain access to impromptu speech. Potential drawbacks include the following: the amount of appropriate materials may be limited, some of the sound clips are lengthy, and there is a need for Internet access. Possible SA classroom activities for students include keeping a journal about clips they have heard, guessing the meanings of new words, making/identifying pictures and maps, and answering content questions. The paper concludes that SA is a potentially powerful tool for making listening activities for students, though there is little research on its impact on second language learners' listening abilities. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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