“Can You Hear Me Now?”: Understanding English Language Learners’ Oral Language Proficiency through Voice Recording Applications

ID: 45245 Type: Roundtable
  1. Leila Kurman, Marisa Steiger, Lin Muilenburg, and Katy Arnett, St. Mary's College of Maryland, United States

Tuesday, June 23 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Location: Salon A View on map

Presider: Ferdinand Guinko, Université Laval, Canada

Abstract: This study examines the use of the voice recording software, QuickVoice Recorder on an iPad, for English language learners in a general education classroom. Native English speaking students and English language learners were given four separate prompts and responded to each orally and in writing. Oral responses were compared with the written responses to establish whether responding to a prompt orally increases students’ linguistic complexity. Additionally, the responses of the English language learners and the native English speakers were compared to determine whether students’ written linguistic complexity increases after responding to prompts orally or vice versa. Oral responses were found to be richer than written responses for both English language learners and native English speakers.

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