Here’s a homework task you can set your learners for pronunciation practice: Using Telegram to improve speaking and presentations While students may have some time to practise speaking in the classroom, when it comes to presentations or short monologues, there’s not always enough time to listen to everyone.But your students can do this practice via voice chats, saving you time, but also encouraging learner autonomy.
At the same time, you can easily communicate with your students privately.
Slack is ideal for collaborating on writing tasks and project work, whether it’s just you and one student, or a group of students.
It offers a great way for learners to brainstorm topics and share ideas, or parts of their essays, and get peer feedback.
This can be done through private channels, where students work in small groups or in pairs, while you monitor their discussions.
The power of Slack comes from the ability to have public, as well as private, conversations.
This feature makes it a perfect tool to use with a group of students, where everyone can see the public part of your project and take part in the discussion.
But this technology needn't be an obstacle to learning; in fact, it can be a powerful tool to help your students improve their communications skills, and take greater control of their own learning.
In this article, we will look at two chat apps in particular, and how you can use them to increase learner autonomy and collaboration.
The winners of the latest Teaching English blog award, Elena Mutonono and Veronika Palovska, share some practical ideas for using two popular chat apps with your adult learners.
Chat apps as a new tool for learning and collaboration Pay attention to the way your students interact with each other, and you will notice they spend much of their time texting, using a variety of free apps, such as Whats App, Telegram, Snapchat, Facebook, Slack, and others.
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