- Learning Outcome: To practice and learn the pronunciation of the key vocabulary terms of the parts of a cell and their main functions.
- https://quizlet.com/ca/322872965/6-the-cell-flash-cards/ – Filter Alphabetically
Practicing pronunciation of English and science vocabulary is nothing new for language learners. I could not find anything relevant and easy to use via the license-free audio or through public domains for my ELL learners. However, a program that I use already has audio functionality built into the website itself. Quizlet is a web-based platform that provides an automated speech option for learners. It reads both the term and the definition. If we look at Carter’s 4 Design Principles for Audio Instruction (2012), we can see how my personal audio file and what is provided on Quizlet can relate to each principle:
- Selection of the Narrative Format
- Informational – Delivered in a direct manner, logical organization, alphabetically when filtered.
- Fleeting Nature of Spoken Words
- Designers of audio instruction must make content memorable – Minimizing demands on short term memory and making vocabulary consistent with learning audience.
- Environmental Soundscape
- Little to no environmental soundscapes (contextual and background) so less demands on listening processing.
- The Difference between Hearing and Listening
- Requires the learner to listen and process the meaning of what is being said, not just hear to have a response.
The option to have audio is great, as it provides another layer of support to the learner. However, one issue that I have with the audio file is that there is nothing you can change with regards to the speed or male/female voice. Also, I have found that the automated voice sometimes pronounces things differently than I would or would slur some words. Therefore, I wouldn’t necessarily change it, but add an additional custom audio file to support learning. This is a paid feature on Quizlet that I have not gotten before, but I have a screenshot below for your reference.
I have also attached an audio file to supplement the audio that is accessible for my students. I would provide them this audio as part of the paid teacher feature or have a shared file with vocabulary recordings. Though I know this isn’t an elaborate audio recording/lecture on the topic, these types of audio file supports would meet the needs of the learners in my ELL classroom (Carter, 2012).
Carter, C.W. Instructional Audio Guidelines: Four Design Principles to Consider for Every Instructional Audio Design Effort. TECHTRENDS TECH TRENDS 56, 54–58 (2012). https://doi-org.ezproxy.tru.ca/10.1007/s11528-012-0615-z