This week 3 was so informative for me in tems of getting knowledge about speaking and web resources. I tried some site with my students in my lessons but there is too much information just for the too short perios of time that I think sometimes I am a backward student in this DL course. So these are sites I wouls recommend to my students and my colleagues to practice speaking and listening.
1. I used http://www.manythings.org/ to practice speaking. My students of the first year enjoyed the quizzes provided there and while doing testing pronounced the given words. They like it because the correct answer they get immediately and the scores are counted. In the first year of study a part of each lesson devoted to phonetics so studying phonetics using this web site was fun for them.
There is a link which leads you to watching video (that is beneficial for listening to watch gestures and expressions to understand better) and after one can practice sounds as many times as he want. The most tricky sounds are there and the quizzes are just 4-5 so it takes you not so much time and you do not get bored.
My students and I like Audio Concentration Game. It is made as a computer game so students were very interested in playing it, while looking for the correct pair they listen to words several times and it gives them an opportunity to combine speaking with listening.
2. http://americanspeechsounds.com/ Downloading options are too large to download and with my Internet connection it says that will be downloading 2 days It offers Contests and quizzes, but to do these quiz we did not find listening button and did not know for sure the acronyms so using this site was a little bit challenging.
5 months ago