In this episode, having already focused on reading, writing and listening skills as part of The Internet as a Virtual Textbook series, Damien Herlihy turns his attention to virtual speaking practice to motivate students to use English orally beyond the confines of the (online) classroom.
This episode is part of a Pavilion ELT series which talks about the concept of using the internet as a virtual textbook (catch up on the first four episodes here: The Internet as a Virtual Textbook: An Introduction, Habit Tracking, Reading and Listening) and gives plenty of creative ideas to extend your students’ learning beyond their lessons as well as sharing experience of using innovative and interactive tools to aid homework or enhance extra practice sessions.
In his vlog, Damien Herlihy looks at speaking skills and how to help students practise their English outside the online or otherwise classroom. He describes how you can make this easier for students by setting up an online video discussion board.
A tool that does this really well is Flipgrid. This free tool is a great way to set up speaking practice after your regular classes.
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Flipgrid (2020) from Microsoft.