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ERIC Number: EJ1090892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Engaging Assessments for Speaking and Listening
Ousselin, Catherine
Learning Languages, v20 n2 p13-15 Spr-Sum 2015
In this article Catherine Ousselin describes a number of digital tools that can be used with middle and high school learners but with few modifications for beginning readers and technology users, can be used to generate thoughtful experiences and assessments at any level. The information presented aims to help teachers who want to use more authentic listening, speaking, and reading resources that they have curated from the Internet, who have more digital devices to access these resources, but who lack training or information on synthesizing the resources and digital tools into easy-to-produce and pedagogically-meaningful activities. While not every app was designed for language learners, many can be easily adapted if teachers follow a few tenants of language acquisition: authentic resources, authentic tasks, authentic audience, modify the task -- not the resource. Recommended web-based tools include: Google forms with embedded videos and images,, and Narrable ( iOS apps for speaking and learning such as Sock Puppet, My School Avatar/Tellagami, and Puppet/Puppet Edu are also described. Lastly, Ousselin recommends StoryToys as an iOS app for listening.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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