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Volume 2 Number 1, 2011
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Zhang, P. (2011). Using VoiceThread to boost proficiency development:Performance-based activity design. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 2(1), 63-80.

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Abstract/摘要:

This article introduces various ways to use VoiceThread (VT) for upper level proficiency development. Compared with popular presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Prezi, VT has asynchronous and sharing features that promote collaborative learning outside of class through teacher- and student-led activities. To achieve optimal results, VT activities should align with level-appropriate performance goals. The activity design should also attend to form for accuracy and proficiency development. The use of available visual and audio features can effectively enhance the language input and output, facilitating the acquisition process. The author proposes four categories of proficiencyoriented activities with ten types of performance-based learning tasks/exercises, and a sample rubric for general performance assessment. The article concludes that language instructors should fully utilize VT and incorporate PPT features to achieve better design results.

本文介绍利用 VoiceThread (VT)来为中高级/高级程度学习者进行语言技能训练的多种方式。与 PowerPoint 及 Prezi 等用于介绍演示的工具相比较,VT 所具有的异步(asynchronous)及分享互动功能有利于课外合作参与式学习活动,无论是由教师主导还是学生自己掌控。为获得最佳效果,VT 活动设计应与技能目标紧密联系,注重语言形式和结构的提升,并利用视觉及语音功能来强化语言的输入与输出,促进习得过程。作者提出四种技能为纲的活动类别,10 种不同侧重面的学练活动,以及基本的能力表现评估标准样例。文章认为语言教师应对 VT 加以充分利用,并结合 PPT 的功能,以使活动设计更加有效。

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