Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning
A tour of the development of the state of the art in web materials for language learning:
Circa 1995: Text and Graphics.
Circa 1997: Embedded Audio.
Circa 2003: Inline Audio Recording.
Circa 2005: Simulated Interview.
Circa 2007: Mashup (data from multiple web services).
SMILE is a program that lets you create text-based language structure exercises.
There are seven question types: Multiple-choice, True/False, Matching, CLOZE, Sentence Mix, Paragraph Mix, and Multiple-Select.
A reporting function lets students record their progress through an exercise.
SMILE exercises can stand alone, or be combined with other media in a "Mashup."
See a sample SMILE activity
Using an Audio Dropbox, you can easily collect student recordings and listen to them at your convenience.
A dropbox can be placed in any web page, blog, wiki, or in a CMS like Blackboard.
Students just click and record. The system saves and uploads their recordings automatically.
No matter where you put a dropbox, the recordings are automatically sent to your account.
You can listen to recordings online, or download them in MP3 format for mobile listening or archival purposes.
This is what a dropbox looks like. This is a live dropbox - go ahead and try it.
The teacher is able to view student recordings later:
Conversations allows you to create a virtual interview. Teachers record questions, students access the Conversation later to listen and respond to the questions.
If your computer has a web cam, the program will also capture and present video as well as audio.
Practice Mode allows students to listen to questions in isolation. Real-Time Mode resembles a face-to-face conversation.
Students' responses are collected for later review.
See a sample conversation
Teachers can view students' responses later
Worksheets can be so much more on the computer.
Using this program, you can create a worksheet that includes self-correcting interactivity
and multimedia elements.
Worksheets can contain objective sections such as multiple-choice or drag-drop matching.
These sections are graded by the computer automatically, and students receive feedback on their answers.
Students complete Sentence Completion items by recording themselves.
Vocabulary items allow students to listen to the word and record themselves.
Teachers can monitor students' recordings.
See a sample worksheet