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The Interactive Oral Assessment (IOA) project; using Talkback® for practice and assessment of listening and speaking skills in languages

Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie; Shrestha, Prithvi and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2011). The Interactive Oral Assessment (IOA) project; using Talkback® for practice and assessment of listening and speaking skills in languages. In: ICL 2011 Interactive Collaborative Learning, 21-23 September 2011, Piešťany, Slovakia.

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Abstract

The Open University has always sought to exploit new technologies to deliver its language modules more effectively. Although students are offered regular tutorials (face-to-face and online) and work through a series of speaking activities on DVD-ROMs, oral practice is a crucial issue in distance learning. In collaboration with Learnosity, we offered a 6-week free pilot module aimed at two groups of students who had just completed French Beginners or level 1 English for Academic Purposes (EAP). We designed activities practising oral competency by using Talkback® (powered by Learnosity). Students accessed them on their mobile, landline, Skype or through an iPhone App. Recordings were instantly available on the Learnosity website to both students and tutors, who could mark and provide feedback. Both groups reported weekly via short online questionnaires recording their experiences. This paper discusses the findings of the project and their implications.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 IEEE
Extra Information: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2011) ̶ 11th International Conference Virtual University (vu'11)
ISBN: 978 -1-4577-1746-8
Keywords: languages; oral; mobile learning; interactive; computer-aided
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 29658
Depositing User: Valérie Demouy
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 13:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29658
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