Week 6 is the time for each group in ICT class to evaluate one of web 2.0 tools which have been introduced by the instructors. My group in ICT class have chosen Voxopop as a tool of this kind advisable for English major students to practise speaking in pair or group.
” Used by educators all over the world, Voxopop talkgroups are a fun, engaging and easy-to-use way to help students develop their speaking skills. They’re a bit like message boards, but use voice rather than text and a have a specialised user interface. No longer confined to a physical classroom, teachers and students of oral skills can interact from home, or even from opposite sides of the planet!” (www.voxopop.com).
Acting a a group of English-major students, we have used this tool to practise several speaking sub-skills, including story-telling, group debate and pronunciation practice. Actually, it has been abble to bring fun and motivation to students in the time of practice. Using this tool, students can record and then listen to themselves, which could help them to recognise their mistakes or weaknesses and do futher practice to gain improvement. Furthermore, they can also utilize this to learn from their classmates and teachers via comments/feedback.
To know more about Voxopop, please visit: http://www.voxopop.com/
To know more about how to practise speaking skills with Voxopop, please visit: http://www.voxopop.com/group/10009435-6578-488e-8cca-4ea19dd84034