Saturday, January 29, 2005

Instant Audio and Reading Transcripts

An example of listening to an audio text and reading the transcript.


An advantage of an audio blog for language learners is that they can read and hear the text at the same time. So as you hear the text you can be following the written text, or transcript. For people with low literacy levels it may be a worthwhile exercise to have students write out their oral text after they have created it, or if that’s too hard, a teacher or fellow students could perform that task.

Wimba has been providing tools that enable these dual language channels (audio and written) for years, so the concept is not new. But this audio blogging feature provided by Instant Audio enables individuals to create these dual texts at little cost. I guess then it might qualify as an LTA, or low threshold application.

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