Tasks for Levels 4, 5 and 6

Servei de Llengües | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Nov 27 2009

Speaking Avatars

Posted in Speaking tasks by Ian David James |

Objective :

Create a speaking avatar by recording your own voice. In this activity you will use a web application called Voki. See an example here.

What to do :

  • You will need a microphone to do this activity.
  1. Go to http://www.voki.com
  2. Click on “Get started
  3. Give your character the appearance you want in “Customise your character
  4. Click on the microphone in “Give it a voice” and record a message (maximum one minute)
  5. When you have finished click on “Publish
  6. Finally, paste the emded code into a blog or social network.

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Nov 27 2009

Be a Bollywood Scriptwriter

Posted in Writing tasks by Ian David James |


Objective :

Write subtitles for a Bollywood movie clip. See an example here.

What to do :

  1. Go to http://www.grapheine.com/bombaytv/
  2. Choose a film clip and add subtitles to it.
  3. Send the link to other students or embed your movie clip into a blog or social network.

You can make longer movies by putting various clips together at http://www.grapheine.com/bombaytv/v2/


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Jun 29 2009

Write travel tips

Posted in Writing tasks by Ian David James |

Objective :

The objective of this task is to write travel tips on places that you know and publish them in the travel section of an online newspaper called The Guardian. These tips can include any type of tourist information, such as recommended sights to see, the best restaurants, the weather etc etc.

What to do :

  1. Go to the Beenthere section of the Guardian newspaper – http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk
  2. Click on All places and read some of the tips that other people have left.
  3. Go back to the Beenthere home and click on Share your tips (or click here) to read an explanation of how the website works.
  4. Register with the website.
  5. Click on Send a tip and start writing tips about places that you have been to.
  6. When they have been published inform your classmates.

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Jun 29 2009

Translate videos into Catalan/Spanish

Posted in Listening tasks by Ian David James |

Objective :

This activity involves translating videos into Catalan and/or Spanish. The idea is that you provide the Catalan or Spanish subtitles for videos which were originally recorded in English.

What to do :

  1. Go to http://dotsub.com
  2. Click on Help and watch the tutorials on how to Upload and Translate videos.
  3. Register with DotSub.
  4. Choose a video from the tabs Featured, Most viewed etc.
  5. Translate the video.
  6. When you have finished send the link to your classmates.

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Jun 29 2009

Make a web tutorial

Posted in Speaking tasks by Ian David James |

Objective :

In this activity you will record either a presentation of a web page that you like or a tutorial explaining how to use a web application that you are familiar with. You will use a screencasting tool called Screentoaster. This application allows you to capture what you are seeing on the screen while recording a commentary with a microphone. To see an example, go to the How to use this blog page.

What to do :

  • You will need a microphone to do this activity.
  1. Go to http://www.screentoaster.com
  2. Click on Demo and watch the video explanation.
  3. Think of a web page or application that you would like to present or explain.
  4. Record your presentation/tutorial.
  5. Upload your presntation/tutorial to Youtube and send the link to your classmates. Note : You will need to register with Youtube if you do not already have an account.

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Jun 23 2009

Make a text to movie animation

Posted in Writing tasks by Ian David James |

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Objective :

Make a short animated film using a text to speech web application.

Note :  It may take some time to learn how to use the animation application (Xtranormal). Some students may find it too tricky! There are several tutorials on how to use Xtranormal on Youtube, here is an example.

What to do :

  1. Go to http://www.xtranormal.com
  2. Click on Watch Movies at the top of the screen and watch some movies that other people have made.
  3. Click on SignUp and register with the application.
  4. Click on Make Movies and choose a free version with two actors.
  5. Click through the Quick tips at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Create your movie.
  7. When you have finished you can publish your movie and share it with your classmates.

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Jun 23 2009

Practice writing a CV in English

Posted in Writing tasks by Ian David James |

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Objective :

Practice writing a CV in English.

Note : The web application used in this activity is designed for American-style CVs and has certain limitations. We do not recommend using it to write a real CV, consider the activity as practice.

What to do :

  1. Go to http://www.howtowritearesume.net
  2. Click on the Features tab and read the information on Automatic templates, PhraseBuilder Technology etc.
  3. Go back to the Home page and read the articles under Resume Tips and Tricks.
  4. Register by clicking on Start Building Your Resume Now.
  5. Create your CV by working through the green tabs at the top of the page. While you are writing, read the Tips which appear on the right of the screen.
  6. When you have finished you can go to the Format tab and download your CV.

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Jun 23 2009

Your opinion on films, books, music, TV programmes and plays

Posted in Speaking tasks by Ian David James |

Objective :

Keep a voice blog of recorded messages in which you give your opinion on films, books, music, TV programmes and plays.

What to do : 

  • You will need a microphone to do this activity.
  1. Go to http://www.snapvine.com
  2. To register click on create a free account.
  3. Click on create new post in My Voice Blogs.
  4. Select the microphone tab and record your first message/opinion (e.g. about a book you are reading or a film that you have seen)
  5. Give your post a Title (you can also add text, photos and links) and click on Publish.
  6. Go to account > Set your Snapvine URL.
  7. Ask your classmates to visit your voice blog (send them the URL of your Snapvine) and comment on your posts.

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Jun 23 2009

Read a book in daily instalments

Posted in Reading tasks, Writing tasks by Ian David James |

Objective : 

In this activity you will read a book or short story which is emailed to you in daily instalments.

What to do : 

  1. Go to http://www.dailylit.com
  2. Click on Learn more and read the explanation.
  3. Click on Register to become a member.
  4. To find a book you can Browse Books by Titles, Authors or Categories (It may be a good idea to choose one of the Short Stories from the tags at the bottom of the home page. These have fewer instalments.)
  5. Subscribe to a book and decide how often you want to receive instalments. Imagine this is a contract or commitment which you have to keep to.
  6. When you have finished reading your book click on Post a Review and write a short review giving your opinion of the book.
  7. Optional : Write a brief report on your experiences using Dailylit. Was it a satisfactory / enjoyable way of reading? Did you keep to your commitment to read everyday?  Would you recommend Dailylit to another person? etc etc

Reading in groups :

You might also like to read the same book in groups.  While you are reading, you could use a micro-blogging application like Twitter to exchange opinions and comment on the characters and plot.


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Jun 22 2009

Survey your classmates and write a report on the results

Posted in Listening tasks, Writing tasks by Ian David James |

  

Objectives :

1. Create and publish an on-line survey. 2. Write a report on the results.

What to do :

  1. Go to http://bigthink.com.
  2. Browse through the topics section and choose an interesting talk on which to base your survey.
  3. Go to http://www.polldaddy.com and sign up for the Polldaddy Free account.
  4. Write the questions for your multiple choice survey.
  5. Watch a short tutorial on how to create polls.
  6. Go to Account > Surveys > Create a new survey and design your survey by dragging elements from the left hand column.
  7. Send your classmates the web addresses of both the Bigthink video and your survey. Ask them to watch the video and then do the survey.
  8. Write a report of the results. (How to write a report)

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