Interactive speaking practice, assessment and exercise sharing with Babelium plug-in

Pereira, Juan A. and Sanz-Santamaría, Silvia and Perurena, Inko and Gutiérrez, Julián (2012) Interactive speaking practice, assessment and exercise sharing with Babelium plug-in. In: 1st Moodle Research Conference (MRC2012), 13-15 September, 2012, Heraklion, Crete.

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Video and audio recording in Moodle is not an easy task. There are some third party plug-ins that allow teachers to prepare assignments that students have to complete recording themselves either using audio or video devices, in a non-interactive way. This paper reviews current three open source Moodle plug-ins for speaking practice: NanoGong, PoodLL and Moodle Language Laboratory, analysing each one's advantages, limitations and some shortcomings that need to be addressed. In hopes of addressing the lack of those requirements' implementation, we present Babelium, a new plug-in that allows to record and share interactive video exercises that students can leverage to record their own answers, either using their microphone or their webcam. Simultaneously to the answer being recorded, students can get some help and tips, for their oral production, watching a parallel, exercise-synchronized video, that shows images, texts and words that could be useful for the oral communication effort. These video-exercises can be used not only for monologues but also for conversation, dialogue or dubbing simulations, which opens interesting new ways of practising speaking, especially for second language exam preparation. Finally, this paper shows our experience applying this plug-in for Basque speaking teaching and practice, a minority language from the Basque Country (Spain) and presents some examples of video-exercise types that can be reused in any other language learning environment using a Moodle instance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Speaking Practice, Plug-ins, Audio, Video, Recording, Second Language, RIA
Subjects: Educational technology > Plugins
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 04:38
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 04:38

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