|Seriously, do any of your students not have a cell phone?|
|Hello? Is anyone listening?|
How long can a recording be?According to Vocaroo, there is no time limit. Additionally, since the longest TOEFL speaking question response is one minute the length of the recording shouldn't be a problem.
How long are recordings stored for?Vocaroo says "messages will expire after a few months" so, if you want to keep your messages for longer periods of time, you should download them (more on that later).
What equipment do I need?All you need is a microphone and a device with an internet connection and you are good to go. How does it work?
Get a computer with a headset
Now I know you don't need to use a headset with most laptops but since your students are going to take the TOEFL, they need to know what it is like to use a headset. If you school is a test center, it would be great to use the same computers and headsets for practicing as are used for the official exam. Why? Because, as is commonly known, when students are familiar with the test conditions, they tend to do better on the exam itself since they're not stressing about the environment.
Provide students with the questions
Finding quality TOEFL materials, especially Integrated Speaking questions (3-6), can be challenging to say the least. However, there are some good books on the market (I'll be sure to put the ones I like in the Resources section soon); however, for the independent questions, be sure to check out Jason Renshaw's collection of questions here.
After you give the students the question, and give them the appropriate time to prepare, its time for the magic to happen.
Have Students Record Themselves
This process is ridiculously simple:
Students press "Click to Record" and start speaking
|Like the picture says, click on the red dot to start recording.|
When you shout "TIME!" students stop speaking and press "Click to Stop"
|Again, pretty self-explanatory, no?|
|So far so good.|
Students publish their response
Here is the fun part: now that the students have their response, what are they going to do with it? There are, in fact several options.
|Choices, choices, choices.|
As you can see in the picture above, students have the opportunity to share their response in several places. They could:
- Email the link to the instructor or a classmate
- Tweet the link and use the class hashtag
- Create a "Speaking Portfolio" in Google Drive by copying the link into a Google Doc (for more info on using Google Drive in the classroom, click here).
- Share the link on the classes' Facebook/Google+ page (If you don't think your class should have a social media page, read this).
- and more. If you think of other ideas, please leave them in the comment's section.