Today’s article is about a new technology that I found out about in my Computer Apps class. Voki is a website in which ESL students can first create their avatar by customizing its face then, they can write a text and made their character say it. They can give their character one of the many nationalities provided by the system and the characters will say everything accordingly to the way people from that nationality would say it. I find that particularly interesting and funny because it enables us to examine and to compare what the difference of speech we can find in many dialects of English. I think students would have fun comparing the dialects too.
For ESL teachers, Voki can help students practice their pronunciation of difficult words, and they can more easily associate words or syllables with specific sounds. This website proposed a few assignments using Voki which I would like to assign my future students and here is one: “Give your students a speaking assignment where they narrate something about themselves. Then have them record their narrations as a Voki.”.
Although this website is free and students can easily create free accounts, teacher accounts, which include more functionalities that teachers might not want to give up, cost approximately 30$ a year.
If you have any interrogation about Voki, this blog is dedicated for it, so I’m sure you will find answers to your questions there. http://blog.voki.com/category/school-subjects/english-as-a-second-language-esl/
If you want to make sure your students well understand how to create a Voki before letting them on their own with the task, here’s the tutorial you need.