So this is our third week, already ! Isn ´t it great ? Our first task was to begin searching information on listening and speaking skills and to read about CALL. " Listening" is a skill that it is being given now special attention and that is good. As pointed in the article " Developing
listening skills with authentic material " By Lindsay Miller ", we spend more than 40% of our communication time on listening every day. So it really deserves special attention. And, when it comes to children, it deserves more attention, too. Children are cute " "active learners " that enjoy moving and doing all types of kinesthetic activities and it can be quite a challenge to keep them quiet, sometimes.
I also read the article " New Perspectives in Teaching Pronunciation " By Maria Gracia Busá and I I felt amazed at all the resources we have now at our disposal . Children like listening to native speakers Though it may be difficult for them to understand a conversation among native
speakers at the beginning, they enjoy the fact that they are listening to people whose native language is English. Through Call, you can teach children prounciation, since you find in the article a good site where children may begin . This is the site : http://vocaroo.com/ In nicenet,I also mentioned another site . http://animatedspeech.com/. I looked for more information on the site that can be useful for you. They have merged with with Teach Town and the new website is
http://www.teachtown.com/. This an assisted educational program designed for children with special
needs. You can access the site and find more information about it.
Well, colleagues, I hope my comments are useful. I hope to " hear" from you, too.
I will post again, soon.
Best regards and good luck ib your work.