Here you’ll find a few examples of speaking tasks with SOUND ONLY. Usually this is more difficult for the learners, since they cannot use any visual aids.
Sometimes we do not need pictures and videos but want to concentrate on listening only. In this case we use a program called vocaroo.com or clyp.it . These programs records sound only and provide the students with a link to the file. Vocaroo deletes the files after a few months, so far the clyp.it files have had a longer life on the server.
Producing radio shows can be a very interesting project. Radio shows are not easy to produce because the speakers must explain everything in detail and cannot refer to any pictures or visuals. Thus, these radio shows are often more demanding than video messages.
In the following examples the learners (age 12-13) had worked on mysteries and produced short radio programs about mysterious events happening in our area. See the instructions here.
Elevator Speeches: a great way to present your message convincingly
These “elevator speeches” have been produced in a “research project” of year 4 students. The students worked in groups on a topic of their choice and presented their results orally and in writing.
The project handout for the research project
Instructions for the learners What is an elevator speech?
Click on the headphones to listen to one of the speeches.
Below you’ll find the “research booklet” produced by the same student.
Preparation for the oral final exams (Matura)
Here the students practiced little talks about the topics in the question pool of our school. The topics were randomly assigned to the students. They then designed two questions according to the official guidelines. One question was designed for a paired activity where the students have to discuss a topic and come to an agreement. The second task is a monolog where the students have to compare and contrast two pictures that usually show different aspects of a topic. This step is followed by a few general questions that allow the students to show that they can speak about the given topic fluently (at B2 level). The following examples are of this second type. In the examples the students are answering questions produced by their peers.
These examples show different levels of achievement.
|Transport and tourism:
|Global citizenship 1
|Global citizenship 2
|Travel and tourism:
|Technology and science:
|People and relationships:
|Lifestyle and leisure: