Using EP Languages to facilitate speaking in the classroom
Prebuilt Speaking activities on EP
EP Languages offers a wide variety of options for facilitating speaking practice in the language classroom. Here is a video which gives an overview of our pre-built speaking activities.
How to create speaking activities on EP
EP Languages also offers the option of teachers creating their own speaking practice lessons and speaking assessments. Here is a video that outlines how you can make your own speaking questions.
Traditional Speaking Activities re-imagined on EP
Here are some ideas of traditional speaking activities from the languages classroom and how they can be re-imagined with EP. Whether you just want to change things up or you have students working in a remote or blended learning environment or you are limited with what speaking activities you can do in the classroom due to social distancing requirements - here are some activities you could try.
- Set up a question using EP Studio where each student records some questions relating to a topic. To do this you will need to use the voice recording component.
- Download the questions from each class member, turn them into spontaneous speaking questions using the EP studio tools and assign them to the class.
- Your students can then work through the questions and record their answers - this way, they are hearing and answering questions from all members of the class!
Quick Speaking Quiz (if circumstances allow):
- Divide your class into two teams.
- Play speaking questions from your computer/device, one at a time.
- Students have to put their hands up to answer a question. The first team with their hands up answers the question in the target language, and gets a point for their team if answered correctly.
- The team with the most points wins!
Spot the Difference
- Upload two similar photos to a question slide using EP Studio - the images should be similar, but with some differences. Include a voice recording component in the question.
- Students can then record themselves describing the differences between the two photos.
Agree or Disagree: (probably best for higher levels).
- Using EP Studio, make an EP question with a controversial statement and a voice recording component.
- Assign this to your students as a peer review task - and ask them to record themselves agreeing or disagreeing with the statement and giving reasons why.
- Depending on the level/ topic, you could give a time frame for each for how long the student should record for.
- Once the students have completed their responses, the peer review function will be triggered! Students will then be allocated other students’ responses to listen - you could either ask them to give feedback or you could ask them to respond to what the other person has recorded - saying whether they agree or disagree with their opinion and why (in the target language).
Student videos as listening comprehension:
- Set a video making task where the students upload a video/recording of themselves talking about a specified topic
- Use this to generate activities for the class. You could put comprehension questions alongside each video!
GoogleDoc Script Writing:
- Have a conversation task set up for students that they need to complete with a partner. If not possible to record this in the classroom - they could record in a zoom breakout room - use the google doc for shared planning.
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