Presentation on theme: "Technology and Culture Integration Models for Improving Listening and Speaking Skills Presenter: Lyra Riabov Associate Professor Contributor: Audrey Rogers."— Presentation transcript:
Technology and Culture Integration Models for Improving Listening and Speaking Skills Presenter: Lyra Riabov Associate Professor Contributor: Audrey Rogers Associate Professor Southern New Hampshire University Southern New Hampshire University Presentation at NNETESOL November 3, 2012 at Plymouth State University.
Presentation Overview Projects and technology for improving Listening and Speaking skills Project: Combined Classes and their goals Models and structure of the project Technology for achieving the goals Students’ produced podcasts Students’ reflection podcasts Digital Self-Assessment Journals iTunes U, Blackboard and iTunes U Blackboard The website of the project The website of the project
Project Bring students of diverse backgrounds together Discover ways that technology can facilitate cultural collaboration between students Explore strategies to help English Language Learners practice and learn English, as well as American culture Learn about the impact that cultural integration can have on domestic students
Project Goals To make connections between Undergraduate Day students and international students through discovering similarities and differences To learn about the cultures and daily experiences of the international students – at their home countries and here at SNHU Help ESL students practice and learn English, as well as American culture To learn how available technology can facilitate exchanges and connections between students.
Making Connections Students discover similarities & differences Students listen and learn about other cultures Technology facilitates exchanges and connections between students.
The Role of Technology Combined classes are project – based and involve students’ active research, interviews and use of technology: the Internet, e-mail, MS Word, the Blackboard Discussion Forum, creation of podcasts in iTunes, PowerPoint, audio recording using Audacity, and photo camera and Google Earth The results and feedback from both groups of students are impressive. See the website for the American and international students’ project assignments, the PowerPoint slides of their presentations, as well as their pictures, and podcaststhe website 6
Understanding Podcasts A Podcast is…an audio or video recording that is broadcast Able to Subscribe and download programs to computer, MP3, iPod Viewed whenever, wherever: Program On Demand
Students are Podcasting To discover the content To become highly engaged in the learning To connect with others To publish their work
Questions To Ask Is it right for my course/content? Will it engage and teach my students? What are my school’s privacy rules? Do I have technical support? What is the feasibility and long term sustainability?
Structure = Success Decide on content goals. Choose a framework for engaging students. Podcasts = group goal Podcasts = reflection tool
Step 1: Decide on content Divide the content into “chunks” Step 2: Pair up students Students research and write the script Step 3: Practice/rehearse. Natural flow with confidence and enthusiasm. Project Template
Template con’t Step 4: Record the podcast. Use software that generates an MP3 audio file such as Audacity. Listen and retake as necessary. Step 5: Publish the podcast. Allow people to subscribe. Follow school’s privacy guidelines.
Template con’t Step 6: Promote the podcast. Encourage school personnel, students and their families to subscribe. Step 7: Reflect! Have students express what they learned; and evaluate the experience making any changes for next time.
Podcasting in the Classroom: Our Story Education Students and International Students combine classes Model 1: 1 session Model 2: 2 sessions Model 3: 3 sessions [see handout for full description]
Student Podcasts 15 PodcastsReflections Website of the Project JuliaJulia Stephaney BonnieStephaneyBonnie JuliaJulia Stephaney Jing Sophia LangzhuStephaneyJingSophia Langzhu
Benefits The above models offer an opportunity for the domestic students to have a first hand experience of learning world cultures and ESL students to learn about American culture, practice English and make friends with American students. This project also helps domestic and international students to broaden their world cultural experience by using an abundant resource right on campus. Students learn how to use current technologies.
Limitations Some students need more time to make an authentic connection. Technology does not always cooperate. There is planning and preparation between departments.
Digital Self-Assessment Journals Voice of America (VOA) in special English Students’ podcasts based on VOA stories Students’ generated story podcasts Self-Assessment of the recordings Students’ reflection podcasts 18
iTunesU Publish the podcasts and share with a larger community iTunes: ESL Students' Podcasts in iTunes 2009 ESL Students' Podcasts in iTunes 2009 ESL Students' Podcasts in iTunes 2010 ESL Students' Podcasts in iTunes 2010 EDU 235 Podcasts in iTunes 2009 EDU 235 Podcasts in iTunes 2009 EDU 235 Podcasts in iTunes 2010 EDU 235 Podcasts in iTunes 2010 Project Website Project Website
Resources Rogers, Audrey and Riabov, Lyra. (April 2011) “Cultural Integration in Action: Two Faculty Members’ Perspectives” InSight: Rivier Academic Journal, Vol.7, No.1, April 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011, from http://www.rivier.edu/journal/index.htm.http://www.rivier.edu/journal/index.htm http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/podcast/index.html http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/podcast/index.html http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMgemQahuFM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMgemQahuFM Lyra Riabov’s“Combined Classes” Website: http://it.snhu.edu/riabovlyra2/Combined%20Class%20Project.htm http://it.snhu.edu/riabovlyra2/Combined%20Class%20Project.htm Lyra Riabov’s ESL Culture Studies Website: http://it.snhu.edu/riabovlyra2/ESL%20Culture%20Studies.htm This Presentation Handout and PowerPoint slides: http://it.snhu.edu/riabovlyra2/Research.htm http://it.snhu.edu/riabovlyra2/Research.htm