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The Evolution of Speech Recognition in English Learning #84


Sat, Jun 6, 11:20-11:50 JST | Zoom F

This presentation covers the IntelliSpeech assessment system developed by EnglishCentral as well as AI-based speech solutions from other providers in the English learning market. It reviews the use of these technologies in read-aloud applications, elicited imitation, sentence building and finally conversational chatbots. The accuracy and efficacy of these systems are discussed as well as the pedagogy that underpins them.

EFL.Digital : Digital assignments for 21st century English teachers #85


Sat, Jun 6, 15:00-15:30 JST | Zoom F

EFL.digital is a platform for generating, assigning, and submitting a range of different English teaching and testing assignments. It is compatible with smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops, and runs on all modern browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and iOS Safari. Teachers can log into the site with their Google account and start making assignments immediately. Students do not need to register with the site, and simply input their details when they submit an assignment, thus making onboarding for students super simple and easy. When a teacher makes an assignment, a link is generated, which can be passed to students for submission. Links can also be easily posted on the LMS of your choice, including Google Classroom, Blackboard, Moodle, and many others. This presentation will introduce and demonstrate the main features of the platform, which include: Audio Recording : Create Audio Recording assignments with time limits and a variety of prompts; Multi Choice Quiz : Create Multiple Choice Quizzes with a variety of prompts; Read Aloud : Create Read Aloud assignments which allow students to practice their speaking with voice recognition; Text Gap Fill : Create Text Gap Fill activities with naturalistic text-to-speech voices; Video Gap Fill : Create Video Gap Fill activities with any subtitled YouTube video; Written Report : Create Written Reports with word limits, time limits, and a variety of prompts; the ability to upload and attach a variety of file types to assignments, including text, image, video, audio, and PDF; and the ability to download assignment submissions and scores in a spreadsheet and easily insert into your final grade sheet.

Using adaptive tools for English language learning #86


Sat, Jun 6, 16:00-16:30 JST | Zoom F

Adaptive learning is an educational tool for delivering personalized learning to students based on their performance in an ongoing series of tasks. Adaptive learning uses computer algorithms to continually analyze and adjust the presentation of materials to students at a level that is appropriate and unique to them, rather than following a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The purpose is to make the learning process more efficient, effective and engaging. While adaptive learning has been successfully utilized in math programs for several years, it is relatively new to language learning programs. In this presentation, we will be looking at LearnSmart Achieve (LSA), which is an adaptive learning program on the Connect platform, that is aligned with the New Interactions series. ALS is a skills-based program for learning academic vocabulary, grammar and writing. We will explore the science behind the program and examine its practical applications by looking at how it can be used to complement ongoing academic English language courses in face-to-face and remote learning situations. Participants will have the chance to see how the application works for teachers and learners.

Developing presentation skills through video projects #87


Sun, Jun 7, 10:00-10:30 JST | Zoom F

Teaching presentation skills can be challenging for any number of reasons. One major challenge is the time factor. The best way to learn how to present well is to do some presentations. But, facilitating student presentations can eat up a lot of class time, and if you are leading a class of 20 (or more) students once or twice a week, there often isn’t enough time to give students meaningful, ongoing practice. Students are lucky if they give one or two short presentations during a school term. Without practice, students may gain an understanding of the concepts but lack the ability to successfully carry out a presentation of their own. Another challenge facing educators is the fear factor involved in public speaking. Even among native speakers, speaking in front of an audience can be terrifying. As a second language speaker, the fear is compounded. In this presentation, we will be exploring how to meet these challenges through the use of collaborative video projects using NewsMaker, a video editing tool for use in secondary and tertiary education. It will cover the benefits of collaborating on projects as a complement to in-class presentations, as well as look at the usefulness of video for practice and feedback. It will include step-by-step guidelines for implementing and overseeing video projects in English language classes.

How EFL.Digital empowers teachers in ERT and Blended Learning #88


Sun, Jun 7, 15:20-15:50 JST | Zoom F

Technological solutions should empower teachers, not try to replace them. Whether engaging in Emergency Remote Teaching in times of international crisis, or delivering powerful blended learning courses in times of normality, teachers are paramount. EFL.Digital provides effective and intuitive tools for teachers to do what they do best: deliver engaging language learning experiences to students all around the world. This presentation will include voices of real teachers in real (and virtual) classrooms, who are using EFL.Digital’s innovative tools to help their students engage with English, through all four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.