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Instant Mobile Feedback for Community-based ESOL

The description from the abstract for this presentation reads: "ESOL students consistently identify speaking and listening as the skills they most need to develop. Debates, presentations and pronunciation drills are all used to develop spoken fluency and accuracy, but it has always been hard to give regular, detailed feedback in a timely manner – until now!

A simple, yet successful, model has been developed and implemented through a partnership between Scotland’s Colleges, Stevenson College Edinburgh (SCE) and ipadio.com, using mobile phones and web technologies. Using ipadio, ‘the home of live broadcasting’, learners broadcast their submissions direct from their phones to their own secure, personalised channels at a time and place that suits them. Peers and tutors are then alerted via RSS, Twitter or e-mail, and can then listen and respond using their mobiles.

Peers provide feedback on their friends’ spoken language files, creating a virtuous cycle of broadcasting, feedback and improvement, with immediate alerts. Tutors can also upload pre-recorded exemplar presentations and learning intentions for the students to listen to prior to lessons."

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