Recording Your Voice

Recording Your Voice


The next step is the most nerve-wracking one for students: recording their voice. In my experience, there is something very powerful about a student telling their story in their own voice. What begins as nerves develops into discipline as there is an intrinsic motivation for students to have their pronunciation as accurate as possible. They focus on word stress, sentence-level contour (stress & intonation) as well as emotional quality.

Using Voice Effectively

In addition to working on pronunciation at the segmental and suprasegmental level, we want our students to capture the emotion of their story when they are speaking. To practice this, you can collect short written samples from the Internet, and have students practice saying them in a range of emotions: happy, angry, sad, monotone, confused, etc. This helps drive home the importance of conveying the right tone and register in their speaking.

How To Record Your Voice

There are multiple options for recording audio. One way is to record directly into WeVideo. Click here to learn how.

Some students may feel more comfortable recording audio on their Smartphones. Students can record directly into the Voice Memo app on their iPhone, email the file to themselves, and import into WeVideo. A microphone-enabled headset is sufficient - no need to purchase expensive external microphones.

Task 1: Record your audio and upload it to two places: Your WeVideo media library and to our Padlet wall: Click here

Task 2: Listen to two of your classmates' audio files on the Padlet page and leave feedback as per instructions on the page.

Task 3: Write a post on the Discussion tab on the following question: In addition to the considerations listed on the Padlet wall, what are some specific considerations for ELLs when recording their audio?

Click here to return to Unit 2.