Two ways for you and your students to make audio recordings and five ways you might use them to help your students.

Two technologies for making self-recordings

You already have this on your computer On a PC, you can use the built in sound-recorder (Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment/Sound Recorder)

But this is much better Or you can download Audacity, which is easy-to-use software for making home recordings.

In both cases, the controls work the same as a tape recorder. In Audacity, you’ll want to choose “export” in order to save the file as an MP3 (so you can play it on a computer that doesn’t have the Audacity software). Once you have the MP3, you can send it in an email as an attachment.

Six ways to use recordings to enhance classroom

Send me your speech Why not have students make recordings of themselves and send you speeches the same way they send you essays?  Class of presentations are great, but it’s a challenge to keep other students from tuning out. Sending you the speech lets them refine it and doesn’t waste class time.

Or to each other Have students send their speeches to each other for peer editing. They can CC you on all the messages.

Practice Tests For students studying for tests like the TOEFL, they should definitely be making and listening to recordings of themselves. Not doing it is like never reading an essay you write.

Create listening comprehension exercises Sometimes you search in vain for just the right listening exercise.  Just creating it on your own can solve the problem. Then, send it to your students or bring it into the classroom.

Listen and repeat Listening and repeating something is a great way to improve pronunciation and fluency. Record the phrases you want your students to get good at and send them the file. Use this great site to create an audio message board with your students. (There’ll be a review on this blog soon, but Jason Renshaw already did it great. Click here to check out his video explanation of this site.)

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