FYI For more reading on ESL Pronunciation please check out my other articles:
Teaching ESL Pronunciation
ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 1: Warm Ups
ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 2: Tongue Twisters
ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 3: Online Vocal Recordings
I always incorporate online vocal recording projects in my classroom based on the theme or grammar points we are working on. You can be very creative with what projects you come up. It can be as simple as recording a speech to doing a mock radio interview. I recommend using Morphbox for these recordings. It’s an easy to use website even for beginning ESL students.
Whatever you decide the project theme to be, the general steps will always be the same:
1. Students are given project assignment and practice their dialogue.
2. Students record their dialogue online to Morphbox.
3. Students copy the link of the recording from Morphbox (Chrome is recommended for speed). Students then post the link to our online class forum. If you don’t have a class forum, have the students email the link to you.
4. As a class we create a rubric for grading each pronunciation project.
5. We listen to each recording from Morphbox and grade it according to our rubric.
6. Students are given their feedback for their recordings; reconvene and practice some more; and then record again. As a class we listen to the new recording and comment on how students have improved and what are a few things they still need to work on.
7. I have students write in their notes specific letters, consonant clusters, words, or sentences, that they need to work on based on this project experience.
8. Students continue to work on their specific notes throughout the semester.
9. At the end of the semester, it’s fun to go back and compare a student’s first recording with their final recording. They are always so proud of their progress
So there you go, have fun with online vocal recordings! Students love these projects…especially monitoring their progress.
Be as creative as you like…the sky is the limit! Just be prepared for lots of laughter as it’s a fun way for students to learn. Happy teaching!