Recording is a great way to help language learners focus on their speaking, reading, and pronunciation skills. Listening to themselves speaking is a great reflective practice for students of all levels which helps create awareness of strengths and weaknesses in the new language. Here are 10 fun ideas using recording that you can incorporate into your lessons.
- Record a self-introduction and share it with your students. (You can even include a few comprehension questions to test their listening skills). Ask the students to prepare their own self-introduction, which they record and send back to you.
- Send your students a short reading passage that focuses on a challenging phoneme or consonant cluster. Ask them to practice before recording themselves reading it.
- Ask your students to choose their favorite English song (or whatever language they happen to be studying) and record themselves speaking the lyrics.
- Send your students a question to answer about themselves (e.g., What is your favorite food? How do you make it?) To give your students an extra challenge, record yourself asking the question rather than writing it.
- Collect some popular tongue twisters and ask your students to record themselves reading them. You can even turn it into a contest by seeing who can read the fastest.
- Ask your students to record a short conversation with another person. This usually works better if you supply a topic or question (e.g., favorite holiday, best memory, most valuable possession, etc.).
- Ask your students to watch the news and choose one story to describe in English (or whatever language they are studying).
- Give your students a topic and ask them to say as much as they can about it in a minute. Tell them that the goal is to avoid hesitations, repetition or deviation.
- Ask the students to record a riddle. Share the recordings with the rest of the class and see if they can guess the correct answers. (This one’s great because it turns each student’s speaking into listening practice for their classmates).
- Ask the students to record an interesting or humorous story from their own lives.
Whenever possible, respond to your students’ work with recorded feedback. It’s much more personal than writing, and your praise or suggestions for improvement become listening comprehension tasks for your students. Good luck, and happy recording!