Oral Presentations with VoiceThread: A Collaborative Assessment Strategy for Enhancing Oral Proficiency and Oral Presentation Practices
Presenter: Leticia C. Pagkalinawan, Ph.D. (Filipino Faculty)
VoiceThread (VT) is a web-based interactive collaboration tool with video, audio, and text commenting. Due to the various features of VT, many language teachers use it as an alternative for oral presentations in the classroom. This paper presents how the use of VT enhances language proficiency and oral presentation skills of second language learners at the beginning level Filipino. It also explores other valuable benefits of using VT in student engagement, motivation, and quality of learning experience in the second language classroom. Data of this study consist of a teacher, peer, and student assessments of oral presentations on VT based on Oral Performance Evaluation Rubrics. Findings present valuable insights into the usefulness of technology in promoting collaborative, engaging, dynamic and stimulating language learning and teaching.
Khmer Folktale – Story of the Hare for Language Teaching
Cultural knowledge of a country is just as important as knowledge of the language. This is an integral part of a skill set for any successful professional operating in multicultural global communities. The Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM) has developed and created comprehensive curriculum and language materials for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses for teachers, heritage and non-heritage learners, from novice to advanced levels; while at the same time promote and motivate learners’ autonomy, self-directing, and inspire them to contribute to the field and the global world. This short presentation will showcase the creation of traditional Khmer folklore materials in digital format, while connecting, preserving and delivering it in an e-Learning Era.