VoiceThread for learning Russian

JoAnne Van Tuyl wanted to provide more opportunities for first and second year students to speak Russian in and out of class. Her goal was to build students’ comfort and confidence with taking the “risk” of speaking Russian, and to inspire students’ sense of Russian as a real language and not just a structured game of grammar played with Cyrillic letters.

Students react positively to VoiceThread in an Arabic class

Mbaye Lo wanted to use VoiceThread as a tool to create oral activities and assess oral language skills. Lo found limited research evidence that integrating technology and web based-assessment tools improve the core topics of psycholinguistics: comprehension, acquisition and production. He hoped that his use and research into the effectiveness of VoiceThread in enhancing language production would provide data that could enrich the literature on this topic.