Holly Gray * Kathleen Kilday * Sharon Widmayer
Why should you want to listen on the web?
What do you need to use Internet audio & video in your classes?
What specific activities can you do?
How can you create your own activities
for listening on the web?
Some things we've done:
|1) Example poetry exercise -- Learning
about Sentence Stress. Level of students = advanced college level (ITAs)
Read the Poem "Rent" by Jane Cooper (http://www.poets.org/lit/POEM/Jcoope01.htm). As you read, discuss with your partner what you think the poem means. What are "free agents"? What does the author mean when she says she wants a "radiance of attention"?
Once you understand the poem, read through it again. Which words are the content words which will get more stress?
Which words are structure words and will sound quicker and quieter? If you want, you can print out a copy of the poem to make notes on.
Practice reading the poem out loud with your partner. When you are ready, record yourself using the Sound Recorder on your computer.
Listen to the poet read the poem
and to your own recording (you will probably want to listen more than once.
Answer the following questions about the poem:
Here are the first few lines of the poem. Circle the content words (longer & louder):
If you want my apartment, sleep in it
but let's have a clear understanding:
the books are still free agents.
Did you choose the correct content words and remember to make them longer and louder?
Write an example of one place you did this well.
Did you reduce the function words so they are softer and quicker?
Write an example of one place you
did this well.
Now, save your recording on your in-class practice disk and turn in your disk before leaving.
2) Example activity for low level
students: the weather
|1. Open Netscape
2. Type in this address
3. Circle the words that they say in the weather report for Chicago.
rainy sunny snow windy cloudy sleet stormy foggy
freezing cold cool mild warm hot
4. What will the temperature be?
below 0 0-10 degrees teens 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s
5. What should you wear today in Chicago? ________________________________
3) Example listening comprehension
for advanced learners.
1. Hopkins prefers British actors. True False
2. List two of Hopkins' favorite films.
3. List two of Hopkins' favorite actors.
4. Hopkins enjoys serious, dark
films. True False
1. List four questions Hopkins asks before he agrees to meet the director:
2. What does Hopkins ask the director when he meets him/her?
3. Hopkins only cares about advancing his career. True False
4. Hopkins respects Alec Baldwin. True False
4. Example video activity to
|Become a writer for Star Trek!
Open Netscape & type in this address:
On the top of the page, click on "movies."
You should now see a list of short movie clips. With your partner, pick one clip to watch. After you watch your clip, answer these questions:
1. What is happening in your clip?
2. What do you think happened right before your clip?
3. What do you think will happen right after your clip?
4. Write the dialogue for the next five minutes of this scene.
Our favorite sites:
Sites with ESL activities
Don't panic! Strategies for overcoming tech- related problems:
|The web site is down.||Bring a back-up lesson plan.
Plan lessons that could be carried out on more than one site (watch movie clips on the Screening Room or Video Link)
|The computers don't have the right plug-in to listen to the clips you've selected.||Try out your activities in the
lab before class to make sure the plug-ins work.
Choose sites offering more than one format (Shadow
|There are not enough computers in the lab for all students in a class.||See if it is possible to plug 2 sets of headphones into each computer (sometimes it is) & have students work together on one machine. This is especially effective if they can work on the listening activity together (for example, work together to write a summary or write questions for another pair).|
|Students are having problems accessing the video/ audio. Only some are able to.||You probably have too many students trying to listen/ watch the same thing at once. Plan lessons that involve more than one clip (students choose a clip to summarize, students watch a series of short clips to prepare for a discussion) so that different groups can be listening to different clips.|
|There is only one computer in the classroom.||If there is a lab students can
use outside of class, you may want to save Internet listening for homework
If your computer has good (& loud speakers), you may want to choose an audio clip & play it for the entire class. If you have access to a computer projector, video can also be shown to the whole class (but video quality is normally not good on a large screen).
Plan a variety of listening activities in small groups, including one using the computer. During the lesson, have students rotate to different stations to do different activities.
|Video stops or slows down in the middle when using RealVideo.||The website is probably pretty busy. There's not too much you can do about this. Be patient.|
|Students are not staying on task & are just "surfing the web".||Don't just stand at the front of the classroom. Walk around the classroom frequently to make sure students are on task.|
|The sound isn't working.||Make sure that the speakers are
turned on & the volumn on the speakers & headphones is turned up.
Check the volumn control on your computer (in Windows 95/98, click on the little speaker icon in the bottom right & the volumn control will pop up.
|Everything is going wrong & I give up.||Don't give up! Technology takes patience. In case of a real emergency (your lab loses power, your Internet connection is down, etc), ALWAYS bring a non-computer-related activity with you that you can use in a pinch, such as a peer dictation exercise.|