Can the Use of Voice Thread Technology Enhance Boys' Engagement and Achievement in Their Study of the Spanish Language? — Kelly Castellanos, St. Albans School, United States

  • Foreign Languages (2010-11)
Can the Use of Voice Thread Technology Enhance Boys' Engagement and Achievement in Their Study of the Spanish Language? — Kelly Castellanos, St. Albans School, United States

VoiceThread is a web-based program that allows people to share stories with images and voiceovers.  The program allows students to record their voices at home, and save these recordings on the web.  The goal of this project was to evaluate if the use of this program as a homework tool helped students’ pronunciation, aided in the fluency of their speech, and gave them more confidence to speak Spanish in and out of the classroom.  Prior to the research project, the eighth grade students were only assigned homework that targeted their writing, reading, and listening skills.  Unfortunately, the only speaking work they participated in was during class time; classes are limited to only 50 minutes per day.  Additionally, the school does not have a language lab.  

VoiceThread was used for in-class activities and for homework tasks. The intention in using VoiceThread was two-fold:  to engage the students and to give them a tool that would enhance their speaking skills.  Through surveys, questionnaires, in-person interviews and graded homework assignments, I was able to assess the effectiveness of the VoiceThread technology.