Using Online Resources for Listening and Speaking in the Classroom #ELTchat Summary 23/09/2015

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Using Online Resources for Listening and Speaking in the Classroom #ELTchat Summary 23/09/2015

#ELTchat Summary for September 23, 2015 written by  

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Most of the Twitter chats I participate in are hosted in North America and I have a few I try to catch regularly. #ELTchat is UK-based and it took a long summer hiatus; consequently, I missed the first week. I came across the #ELTchat by chance yesterday because of @juliacphang’s #ELTchat comments appearing in my news feed. The chat time alternates between morning and mid-afternoon, my time; therefore, I was able to catch most of the chat during breakfast.Watch movie online A Cure for Wellness (2017)


#ELTchat differs from most chats I participate in, since there are no questions posted in advance for discussion. The topic for each chat is chosen from submissions by popular vote. You can view the open forum for topics here on Saturdays and the topic is selected by followers on Sundays.


Chats take place on Wednesdays, alternating each week between 12:00 and 21:00 BST, or 7:00 and 16:00 EST.


Yesterday’s topic piqued my interest: Using Online Resources for Listening and Speaking in the Classroom, moderated by @Marisa_C, @angelos_bollas, and @Shaunwilden. The resources mentioned included:(an aside: @Marisa_C said that this was a slow chat. I can’t imagine collating all the suggestions in a busier chat; look at this list!




Source/Website Details Comments/Suggestions for Use
Recorded global
conferences“Ideas Worth Spreading”
Used over the summer; a little dry @angelo_cullosGood, but might be
a bit long for class;  @Marisa_C
likes it as a resource @EmmaSegev

Choosing talks based on students’ interests @juliacphang

Read, listen, and learn in English @cioccas – Likes it because it’s small texts, although there haven’t
been new additions recently
Game-based learning tool @DARLnamic – Likes to use it with class
BBC Clips Today Programme Enjoys the short clips @JennyLewin-JonesHas used BBC Radio clips as
well @juliacphang
Randall’s Cyber Listening
Lessons for class or self access @Marisa_C
Lessons designed around short films Good length and good for discussion @HanaHainsworth@cioccas, @angelos_bollas
Podcasts on iTunes Various “Obsessed” with podcasts @ShaunwildenUses as content for distance ss
Online voice recorder Ss record written work as listening source for others @angelos_bollas,
Open source, recording software Recording podcasts @patrickelt
Podcast hosting Free publishing @patrickelt
Learning English through music videos and songs Great for listening to and writing down lyrics; multi-levels @Marisa_C;
Podcast-creating audio platform Suggested by@ambartosikto
record podcasts and as an alternative to vocaroo, which isn’t
available for mobile phones@cioccas agreed
Gathering place for digital conversations Good for speaking/listening; can play truth or lie; links to Action
Research  @cioccas
Conversation starter with difficult choices Promoting discussion with older students @EmmeSegev
Templates for make-your-own gameboards Competitive games in class, vocabulary practice @DARLnamic
Voice-based e-learning tool; message board for
the spoken word
Generate online stories; good for analysis and peer review as well @Marisa_C
Conversations in different
accents of English
Good for unscripted interviews @GlenysHansonDifferent accents of
People’s real stories Good for encouraging discussion @EmmaSegev
Lesson plans for listening activities First day with a new class @cioccas
Videos for different English learning Good for self-assessed pronunciation, too @iatefl_ltsig
Does it need an explanation?? Can use for “speaking” where Internet is limited @angelos_bollasHas
many things in common with speaking, like informality @patrickelt
3D virtual world Place for conversations <tongue in cheek> @Marisa_CUses too much
bandwith, unfortunately @cbsiskin

Still photos of New York residents Images for discussion @EmmaSegev
Google Hangouts or Skype Connect with another teacher for a
Mystery Skype@ambartosikUse
for guest speakers @Marisa_C


These blogs were also mentioned in the chat:


“Would you Rather” activity shared by @EmmaSegev


Teaching Students Persuasive Techniques shared by @patrickelt (connected to TED talks)


VoiceThread for Students shared by @cioccas


And this link to a podcast blog, thanks to @iatefl_ltsig and @cioccas


Here is a link to my Storify of the chat so that you can follow the conversation thread as it unfolded.


I consider myself knowledgeable about online resources and edtech, but there are a few suggestions in the table above that I have not tried before. My mind is buzzing with ideas and possibilities. I definitely need to go update my Live Binders with some of these great online tools and apps for listening and speaking. I’m especially interested in Voxopop – students don’t have many opportunities for practicing speaking online, and this one gives students authentic spaces in which to practice. Putting it on the must-try list immediately.


Thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions and for participating in the chat. @juliacphang, I wouldn’t have written this summary had it not been for you.