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Synchronous and asynchronous communication tools: Text /Audio/Video


(Week 2: Jan 21 - 27)




Moderators: Ayat Tawel (Egypt), Jose Antonio da Silva (Brazil) and Teresa Almeida d'Eca (Portugal)


Guest presenters: The Week 2 Mods (Wed., 23 Jan., at 17:00 GMT)

                               Michael Coghlan (Thu., 24 Jan., at 12:00 GMT)


Audio recording and upload >>





By the end of this week you will have:


  • attended mini live chat sessions in Skype and YM. 
  • explored different tools for sending audio and video messages. 
  • attended the live presentations on the topic of the week.
  • commented on the presentations of the week. 





Task 1

  • Download and install Yahoo Messenger (YM) and Skype (concerning Skype, if you already have it, you might consider going to Skype to check what is new for the latest version), if you haven't done so yet (see Tutorials below); then,
  • Create a Friend (Buddy) List (YM) / Contacts (Skype) using the participants' Yahoo and Skype IDs available at our Yahoo Group Database (write your IDs in the "Participants' Information" folder so you can be contacted by other participants); or in our Participants' page (in this wiki),
  • Explore these tools and their features, including voice chat, by joining any of the moderators and other participants for chats or conferences (group chats), and reflect on their potential in TEFL/TESL 


Task 2 

  • Join the live session (decided on only 48 hours in advance!) given by the mods. of the week about "Demoing week 2 audio and video tools" at the Webheads Elluminate vRoom on 23 JanThe session will be at 17:00 GMT 
  • Join Michael Coghlan's live session of the week about "Using Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Tools in Teaching" at the Webheads Elluminate vRoom on 24 Jan. The session will be at noon (12:00) GMT
  • Add your comments and reflections about the sessions in the "Comments on Live Sessions" page of our wiki.


Task 3


Please click on the image below to listen to a Voxopop message on teaching listening and speaking and post your reply:



  • Add your recording to the Voxopop thread above, sharing with us how you would use audio or video tools in teaching listening and speaking.

(From week 3 on, you will be able to make a link to or embed your audio/video recordings in the blog/wiki that you will create). 



Tools to explore


Audio tools
Handybits The most basic voicemail messaging tool is totally computer-based. "With Voice Mail you can create and email sound messages to your friends. Simply click the Record button, talk, and then click the Stop and Send buttons."


A free web tool to record unlimited audio messages or upload mp3 files to embed in your website or blog. It's easy as no account or software is needed.

"...a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear."


"... upload or record your originally-created sounds effortlessly to SoundCloud in a few clicks....". Leave timed text comments to give feedback to your students on their work. You can have private or public recordings that you can link to or embed in your website. SC also has a mobile version. Although the site is mainly for music, educators can take a great advantage of the "text comment" feature. Quite unique in an audio tool.

Vocaroo A very easy and simple tool to record, share and embed your audio messages. No registeration is needed.


An excellent tool for group conversations. Vocethread allows you to upload pictures and create voice threaded discussions or conversations. Users can post voice or text comments to threads. 


A good tool for creating group discussions and practice listening and speaking. It has been used for TOEFL practice. It cannot be embedded, but it can be shared in many blogging hosts and social networking websites. 
Podomatic An option for podcasting that allows you to record your own voice from your mic or upload files from your computer. Podomatic podcast can be shared in many social networking websites, blogs, and wikis. It also gives you an embed code to post on your website.  

A tool that allows you to make a free mp3 audio player & embed audio on any website. You can use text to speech, a microphone, or upload mp3 files to play on the Web. "An easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Easy to publish your podcast in 3 steps. No tech to learn." "A Podcast Social Subscribing site: Collect all your favorite podcasts in one place. Discover what other people are subscribing to. Play anywhere anytime, even when you are on the go."

Video tools  


An easy to use video tool that allows you to record video messages and get replies. You can also embed your messages into your website. Another "cool" feature is "Eyejot This!" which "allows you to send Eyejot video messages pertaining to web sites you visit. Your Eyejot message will automatically contain a link to the page you're on, along with the page title".

Mailvu "Unleash the Power of Video with the Simplicity of Email. Upload. Record. Videomail. Download."


Another video messaging tool that allows you to send video messages. Once a video message is created, you can get replies and have a threaded video discussion or conversation. Winkball messages can also be embedded into your website.














I have....

  • chatted with moderators/other participants through YM and Skype
  • explored audio and video tools for sending messages
  • attended the live session/listened to the recording
  • commented on the live session



Additional resources



Suggested readings

  • Almeida d'Eça, T. (2004). Online Communication Tools that Promote Language Learning. Polifonia.  "The paper is in English though the abstract is in Portuguese." (This article is based on my year-and-a-half experience with the Webheads in Action, an online community of practice... After referring the main features of each tool (Tapped In, Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Groups), as well as some advantages, disadvantages and practical applications to the teaching-learning process and to online professional development, the article ends with advice and conclusions based on my practical experience with the Webheads.)


  • Lai, Chun and Zhao, Yong (2006). Noticing and Text Based Chat, Language Learning & Technology, Vol.10, No.3, September 2006, pp. 102-120. (This study examines the capacity of text-based online chat to promote learners’ noticing of their problematic language productions and of the interactional feedback from their interlocutors.)


  • Gonzalez, D. & Esteves, L. (2006). Enhancing Collaboration Through Chat in ESP: A Conversation Analysis. IATEFL Poland Computer SIG Journal, May 2006. (Chat rooms are ideal spaces for interaction, collaboration and negotiation of meaning, crucial aspects in language learning. However, they have not been fully exploited in language teaching. This study shows the results of a conversation analysis of 30 transcriptions of chat sessions where architecture students were carrying out collaborative group work. The researchers wanted to discover the discourse patterns and conversational strategies used by the students in this online context to study their possible repercussions in English learning. The results seem to indicate that the students were building the kind of discourse that is thought to lead to language learning.)


  • Peachey, N. (2012). Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting. (A comprehensive overview article on podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom.)


  • Vilà, C. A. (2010). Skype in the EFL Class. Humanising Language Teaching, Year 12, Issue 4, August 2010. (Skype has become a very popular tool for making calls on the web. In this article, Cristina Arnau Vilà briefly explains what Skype is, how it works, and gives some tips on ways to use it in the classroom.)



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