The online medium can be used to develop pronunciation skills in new vocabulary in languages or for the development of subject specific word lists
Audio activity to learn the pronunciation of specific medical terminology.
|Source||Day at the Desk by TAFE Frontiers|
|URL||TAFE frontiers catalogue|
|Use||BSBMED301A - Use advanced medical terminology in order to communicate in a medical office|
|Delivery||Copy of this course can be delivered on a WebCT platform or other Learning Management system or on a CD|
|Customisation||Aspects of this resource can be customised using an HTML editor|
|Availability||Available from TAFE frontiers|
This glossary provides an audio pronunciation of Australian botanical names, as well as images and descriptive text.
|Source||RTD02 Conservation and Land Management Toolbox, Lead agent Challenger TAFE|
|URL||Toolbox information and preview - Conservation and Land Management (507)|
|Use||Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management|
|Delivery||Can be delivered using a CD or loaded into a Learning Management System such as WebCT or Blackboard.|
|Customisation||The material in this Toolbox has been developed to allow for customisation.|
|Availability||Details of how to purchase this Toolbox are available on 2005 Australian Flexible Learning Framework site listed above.|
Activities to identify computer terms and meanings
|Source||State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Training|
|Use||Certificate I in Information Technology|
|Delivery||Can be delivered using a CD or loaded into a Learning Management System such as Moodle, Janison or Blackboard.|
|Customisation||The material in this Learning Object has been developed to allow for customisation.|
|Availability||Can be downloaded from LORN at http://oaipmh.cli.det.nsw.edu.au/VLORN/ResourceInfo.aspx?resID=2433|
Why include online pronunciation activities?
Online pronunciation activities allow repeated listening and practice for learners and a "private" space which minimises embarrassment about mistakes.
- practises rythym, intonation and stress
- allows the learner to access the audio unlimited times
- often has visual elements to augment the sound (eg. photo of a plant with audio pronunciation of the botanical name).
Integrating pronunciation activities
It is likely that pronunciation activities will occur within the context of other learning. You can include online pronunciation activities in a content presentation so that learners can hear and practise the pronunciation of key vocabulary in context.
- select the vocabulary items that need to be learnt and practised.
- if appropriate, select graphics/photos to accompany the audio.
- record the vocabulary in digital format using sound recording software such as Audacity (see Resources below)
- decide on how to distribute the audio files to learners either as online audio files or podcasts
- upload the segments to the web, either on a stand-alone website, a Learning Management System or podcasting site such as Odeo or Podomatic
- provide opportunities for practising their pronunciation online asynchronously using a voice board or podcast tool or synchronously through telephone or a Voice over Internet Protocol tool such as Skype
- prepare supporting resources for learners on how to use the pronunciation activities.
It is unlikely that the pronunciation activities would be used as an assessment task. However you may wish to ask learners to record the correct pronunciation and upload the file or use a Learner Management System Voice Tool such as Voice Board or Moodle plug in Voice recorder to be assessed.
It will require more of the trainers time to read/listen to the postings however it is quicker to reply to postings than drafting text.
Developing audio clips of correct pronunciation is not a highly technical task but it is time consuming.
Teachers will need to be able to identify appropriate words and pronunciation prior to the development of the activities.Back to top
- Teacher's voice
- VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
- Web-based content
From the Framework
More resources from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework
- Casting the Net LearnScope Project
(Casting the Net - mLearning with audio lessons, MP3 players, audioblogging and podcasting)
- Media on the Move
The Media on the Move Project: New Practices in Flexible Learning 2006 has explored the application of online casting in educational contexts.
- Connecting the Dots: breaking down the barriers to Participation: A cheap and easy guide to podcasting for practitioners
- Beyond Text: Using your voice online
Tools and resources
- GippsTafe Medical Terminology Case Study
Training of medical terminology (reading and speaking), cross-cultural courses with students from around the world (Abu Dabi and the Gippsland area) and media training.
Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV and MP3 files and upload them to the web for pronunciation activities.
- Sound Editing with Audacity
- How to create Audio Podcasts
Podcasting extends the use of audio files by enabling the learner to subscribe to learning content provided in audio form through the use of RSS feeds. Audio files can be uploaded to free sites such Odeo and Podomatic for ease of distribution to users who can then either subscribe to the RSS feed or listen directly from the site from an embedded media player.
- Global Voices: Distributed Learning Projects With Interactive Podcasting and VOIP Tools
Examples of successful interactive podcasting and voice over IP (VOIP) classroom exchange projects