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25 Types of Fun VoiceThreads for Foreign Language Classes Elena Kostoglodova, GSLL, CU-Boulder


This presentation is for those who know how to create VoiceThreads and are looking for fun ideas for using VT in foreign language teaching. Here are 25 different ideas in one place!


ď ś Storytelling in pictures Import a succession of images (f.e. the daily schedule of a character, a dialog, a situation, a tale, etc.).

Ask students to record their own stories based on the visual prompts. Variation: students invent the ending.


example from an English class


more about this voicethread

http://bluford.pbworks.com/w/page/23291996/ Three%20Little%20Pigs%20VoiceThread


ď śMap games Upload a map of the world or a region in the target language into the Voicethread. Start a chain game where you describe a location in the target language and the student who posts the first comment guesses that location and describes a new one for the next student. Variation: ask to describe the fastest/cheapest/etc. way between points A and B, taking into account some conditions/handicaps you impose.


example from an ESL class


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/about/library/Lan guage_learners_use_VoiceThread_to_pra ctice_speaking/


 Open-ended question Upload a picture of an object that typically has personalized content (a bag, a room, a fridge, etc.) and ask an open-ended question about it, such as “what’s in your bag/fridge/room right now?” Variation: ask for particulars about a common possession, such as a car.


example from a Spanish class


more about this voicethread

http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/bsdbs d/2009/11/29/voicethread-in-spanishwhats-in-your-room/


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://zoningoutagain.blogspot.com/2007/ 11/whats-in-your-bag.html


ď ś Riddles Create a voicethread in which you describe an object in the target language orally (a food, a gift, a clothing item, an animal, etc.) or in a combination of voiceover/written description. Ask students to guess what the object could be and post their guesses as comments. Best riddles would be those that allow multiple interpretations.


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://wwwatanabe.blogspot.com/2011/03 /voicethread-your-riddles.html


example from Language Arts


more about this voicethread

http://coalhurstelementary.wikispaces.co m/Fairy+Tale+Riddles


ď ś Video clip+questions Upload a short video in the target language and ask comprehension questions about the events/dialog in the video. Have students post comments in which they attempt to answer these questions.


example from film analysis


more about this voicethread http://coursedesign.uidaho.edu/feed/


ď ś Creative brainstorming In this voicethread describe a challenging cultural situation in the target language and ask students to brainstorm for possible solutions and post their comments.


example from a VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+bullying+solut ions.b2503860.i13258246


ď ś Describe a picture Post a picture of just about anything and ask students to describe what they see in the target language.


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://ticnoingles.blogspot.com/2010/07/v oicethread-describe-leonardodicaprio.html


ď ś Informational presentation In this type of voicethread, students share as much information as they can find about a topic of their choice, using both visuals and voiceover in the target language. They can focus on a relevant cultural ritual, an object or place from the target-language country, etc.


example from a science class


more about this voicethread

http://www.digitalpedagog.org/?p=698


ď ś Creating an ad Ask students to pick a product/service they find appealing and to create an ad for it using both fun visuals and the voiceover in the target language. Have other students comment on whether they would purchase the product or service based on each ad and ask them to vote on a winner by posting a comment about their top choice. Tally the results. Post the winning ad on YouTube and watch it go viral!


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+student+adver tisement.b1532118.i8077006


ď ś Collecting statistics Create a voicethread that poses a question (what do you usually eat for breakfast, where do you live, what is your favorite film genre, etc.). Have students post personal responses. After everybody is done, have them go back and post another comment, analyzing the resulting statistics and expressing their opinion about the findings (f.e. what film genres seem to be the most popular, does that same statistic hold true in the society at large, why these genres are popular, etc.).


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+statistics.b122 0318.i6582861


ď ś I Spy! Pick a theme and upload a busy picture containing many objects that fit this theme (foods, clothing items, musical instruments, etc.). Make a voiceover in which you describe in a roundabout way a few of these objects. Have students find the objects and describe their location with respect to the other objects in the picture.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://ed.voicethread.com/about/library/2 nd_graders_play_ISpy/


ď ś Comparison Upload a couple of humorous pictures that could be compared easily (open fridges belonging to two different people, two cars of different models, etc.). Ask students to compare them according to the values that are important to them and explain which one they would pick.


example from a Spanish web page


more about this voicethread

http://gillspanish.ed.voicethread.com/#q. b175197.i933251


ď ś Opinion Upload a video in which a native speaker of the language expresses an opinion about something. Ask students to comment on whether they agree or disagree with the speaker and why. Variation: upload a picture that is emblematic of a certain phenomenon and ask students to express their opinion about it.


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/culturalheritage/category/guest-blog/page/2/


example from VoiceThread’s site


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/?#q.b62276.i3224 57


ď ś Choices Upload pictures of objects/places and ask students to select those that are relevant for their purpose. For example, on a picture of different foods, ask them to pick a few for a recipe they want to make and explain how to make a dish out of them. Or pick among the possible things to take along on a honeymoon and explain why they’d want to take these particular things.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+favorite+objec ts.b1489180.i7847150


ď ś Cooking Have students select a food they would like to make that’s popular in the target language country. Ask them to document the process by taking pictures. They would then upload their slide show into VoiceThread and narrate the cooking process to create a digital recipe.


example from a weblog


more about this voicethread

http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2007/12 /31/sausage-balls-the-culinary-delight-ofthe-holiday-season/


ď ś Vocabulary review Upload a slide show of pictures that correspond to vocabulary items from a given category. Make a voiceover, pronouncing every word in the target language and asking a few questions at the end that would prompt students to incorporate some of the new words into their answers. Ask students to listen to all the vocabulary items and then post a short comment answering the questions.


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://gr7cngsc131.edublogs.org/2012/01/ 13/ecology-vocabulary-voicethread/


ď ś Cartoon caption contest Upload a wordless cartoon that could be open to multiple interpretations. Ask students to post humorous captions to the cartoon in the target language.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+russia+voiceth read.b50850.i265905


ď ś Tell the story from different points of view Upload a slideshow of images that tell a story. Ask students to narrate the story from the point of view of different characters.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+point+of+view .b20768.i117909


ď ś Yet another detail Upload a busy picture. Accompany it with a short narration in the target language of what you see in the picture. Have each student post a description of a new detail in the picture that hasn’t been noticed by anyone else.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+picture+detail s.b324361.i1751304


ď ś Grammar tutorial Outsource grammar explanations to home study. Pick any grammar point and make a tutorial about it, trying to use as many catchy visual and oral mnemonic devices as you can. Ask each student to post an oral or a written comment with their own example illustrating the grammar point.


example from a VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+spanish+gram mar.b556342.i2973673


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+song.b338440. i1792593


ď ś Cultural differences Post a picture/a short video of a gauche response to a culturally relevant situation. Ask each student to talk about one more cultural difference between her/his culture and the target language culture.


example from a VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+create+an+ad. b485664.i2586331


ď ś What would you do? Upload a picture/short video of a morally/culturally ambiguous situation. Ask students to imagine themselves in the shoes of the protagonists and comment about what they would do in the circumstances.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+what+would+ you+do.b119674.i617902


ď ś Current events Upload a short YouTube video that recently went viral in the target language country and ask students to comment on the current events/political situation that prompted it.


example from VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+election.b1700 23.i906226


ď ś Regional dialects (advanced) Upload a short video where a native speaker has a distinct regional accent and ask students to research accents in the target language online and then mark the region where this accent is prevalent on the map on the last slide and explain their choice.


example from a VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+accent.b72378 7


example from a VoiceThread


more about this voicethread

http://voicethread.com/#q+accent.b13943 36.i7386244


ď ś Songs Ask students to upload/create a slide show for a song of their choice. Have students record their own vocal performance of the song to accompany their slide show. After all clips are posted, ask students to pick top three songs they liked and leave comments on what they found most appealing. Tally the results and give fun prizes to the winners!


example from a blog


more about this voicethread

http://themediaspot.org/blog/gss_summer _productions_music_video_movie_trailer s_and_voicethread


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