Wednesday 10 September 2008

Listening Dictation Puzzles fo EFL ESL

I've just been playing with yet another beta site Audio Puzzler. The site has a small but growing collection of novel dictation puzzles. The audio files are displayed as small balloons which the user clicks on. They then hear the text and type in the words. Once they have done this they have to drag the text into the correct order.
This is a nice variation on the standard dictation activity , because it demands that students not only recognise the words, but can make sense of the text.

Audio Puzzler is part of a research project at the Georgia Institute of Technology and they are keen to receive feedback from anyone who tries the puzzles.

Let's hope this keeps developing as it looks like a really useful tool to help EFL ESL students develop their listening abilities.

Hope you enjoy this.

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Nik Peachey


Dennis said...

Hi, Nik.

I hadn't heard of Audio Puzzler, but I agree that it could be a very useful addition to online listening work for learners of English.

Thanks for reporting on this potentially very useful resource. I'll definitely check it out!

All the best--

D. Oliver
Phoenix, AZ U.S.A.

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Dennis

Yes. Does certainly look useful. I think there are still some quirks to iron out, but well worth watching.



Anonymous said...

Hi Nik,
Yes I can see its use but I found that you don't even have to type anything to score the points. There are somethings it needs to iron out.