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Teaching listening and speaking with Mote


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Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students, Speakers

Activity Description

Mote Extension
Source: Screenshot of Mote extension (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

Mote is a Chrome Extension that makes it easy for anyone to add voice notes and feedback to documents, assignments, and emails.


  1. Download the Chrome Extensions
  2. Add Mote Extension to Chrome.
  3. Watch this video on how to use Mote.

Teacher Tips

Tip 1: It works best if both teachers and students have installed the Mote Extension.

Tip 2: Why use Mote? Research on the impact of recorded audio feedback using the Mote app.

Read more about using Mote here.

Tip 3: You can't translate or use other advanced features such as saving a Motebook, transcribing math, and scientific notation unless you buy Mote for 39.00 per year.

More Ways

  • Mote Free allows you to create 20 30-second mote voice notes and feedback, add voice to Google slides, create emojis for students in Docs comments, receive analytics about student engagement with voice notes, and receive feedback reactions. 
  • Students can record their voices easily in Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Forms
  • Teachers need to have it installed. Students do not have to have it installed, but it works more seamlessly if they do have it.
  • Mote can be used to provide any audio comments or feedback on student work, insert emojis, has stem mode for scientific notation, and student reflections, improve reading fluency by recording themselves in Mote, demonstrate learning to explain their answers, and is also available in Gmail so students can hear your voice in an email.
  • In April 2021, Mote now extends into forms for teachers to create audio questions and students can create audio responses.
  • See a slide deck that Maron Anton made for ESL Beginning Students for Website Vocabulary.

Program Areas

  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ASE: High School Equivalency Preparation
  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ASE: High School Diploma


  • All Levels

Lesson Plan


Divide students into small groups and have them answer questions about themselves. See a template for a beginning high ESL class here.



After the introductions are finished, show a sample slide deck with your first slide as a model. See a template here.

Tell the students that they will be creating one slide about themselves and using Mote to create audio. They must be sure that their audio is no more than 30 secs long.


1)Demonstrate how to access the slide deck. Be sure that you have made one slide for each student. Show students how to find their slides. 

2) Ask students to search the internet for one picture that they want to use on the slide and show them how to insert the picture.

3) Show students how to add audio to their slides using Mote.


Each student will create a slide at home for homework. 

Engagement Enhancement

The following day students will present their slide to their classmates.


Students will be able to create a Google Slide which talks about themselves. This is useful for other school activities and as a workplace skill.



  • Electives
    • Career Exploration
    • Intro to Computers
  • Fine Arts
    • Art History
    • Fine Arts Electives
    • Music Appreciation
  • Language Arts - Reading
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Inference and Interpretation
    • Synthesis and Generalization
  • Language Arts - Writing
    • Language Facility
    • Organization of Ideas
    • Writing Conventions
  • Math
    • Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Consumer Math
    • Conversions
    • Decimals
    • Fractions
    • Geometry
    • Integrated Math
    • Math Electives
    • Percentages
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Proportions
    • Trigonometry
    • Whole Number Skills
  • Mathematics
    • Algebraic Concepts
    • Data Analysis/Probability/Statistics
    • Measurement/Geometry
    • Numbers and Operations on Numbers
  • Reading
    • Consumer Skills
    • Critical Thinking/Decision Making
    • Employability
    • Government
    • Health
    • Learning to Learn
    • Vocabulary
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • General Science
    • Health and Life Science
    • Physical Science
    • Physics
    • Science Electives
  • Writing
    • Basic Sentences
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
    • Paragraph Skills
    • Parts of Speech
    • Report Writing


  • Speaking and Listening
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    • CCR Anchor 3 - Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • CCR Anchor 5 - Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • CCR Anchor 3 - Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    • CCR Anchor 5 - Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Grammar, Listening, Math, Reading, Speaking, Writing, lifeskills, citizenship, voice comments, voice feedback


google docs, google sheets, google slides, mote

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