Friday, February 10, 2006

Using your digital camera in the class

I've been preparing students for FCE and CPE interviews over the last few years and one thing that really help is to record them while doing a mock interview. Now in the olden days that meant cassettes or, if you were really lucky video. Now through the miracle of technology a cheap digital camera can do the same job at a fraction of the cost and with very little hassle (the EFL teacher's mantra, if ever there was one) .

I record my student's interview with the camera and then burn it onto cd so that they can see and hear themselves. It costs a pittance, takes just a few minutes and despite their initial reluctance is really appreciated by most students. BTW most of them will hate the fact that you are recording them. Just explain to them that it's just like going to the dentist. Necessary but no fun.

A good follow-up activity is to ask the students to transcribe their portion of the interview and ask them to suggest ways in which the coud improve their performance.

PS. Don't expect Home cinema with Dolby surround stereo, but the quality will be good enough for students to get an idea of how they sound.

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