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Voki: Speaking Avatar

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.voki.com

Website Example: http://mccesl5.blogspot.com/2008/10/alicias-introduction.html

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones, microphones

Activity Description

Have students introduce themselves to the class by making a personalized avatar with text to speech or with their own voices.

Preparation

  • Make sure the Web site is not blocked at your school.
  • Practice using the site, making your own voki as an example to show students.

How-To

  1. Have your students write a brief paragraph about themselves.
  2. Provide feedback for corrections.
  3. Have students use the Voki Web site to create their vokis and e-mail to the instructor or post online for sharing.
  4. See the Voki directions file (above) for instructions on how to use the site. Note: The characters that have a graduation cap are available only in Voki Classroom (paid subscription to the site).

Teacher Tips

  • If using text-to-speech, there is a character limit; use one space after a period. Also, words may need to be typed phonetically to be pronounced correctly.
  • Built-in or USB microphones are needed for making a one-minute recording. If recording with microphone, students need to begin speaking immediately or they will receive a message that the microphone is not detected. Recording time is limited to one minute.
  • Students can also use telephones to make their recordings.

More Ways

  • Use for asynchronous "conversations" and discussions.
  • Can also be used for any language skill / practice -- listening, speaking, pronunciation, writing, vocabulary, grammar.
  • Students can answer question prompts, use target vocabulary or grammar structures, describe themselves or their clothing, create alter egos, imagine themselves in the future.

Documents

Levels

  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.