What language teaching “activities” and features are available in Study?
Sanako Study product is a modular software. This means that users can add more functions to it by purchasing additional modules/activities for their needs. Many of the most important features and often used activities for language teachers are of course included in the most advanced version, Study 1200, by default!
Find below a list of all the activities and features that are available in Sanako Study products:
Video pairing activity:
The Video Pairing activity allows you to set up student pairs for a video chat using the students’ Webcam images. The activity is perfect for a variety of different exercises based on real-life interaction from simple everyday discussions to role-playing exercises and even sign-language discussions.
Convert any text into a pronunciation exercise with the Pronunciation activity. This integrates the well-liked Pronounce tool with the Study classroom. The Pronunciation activity employs all the speech recognition and pronunciation analysis tools in Sanako Pronounce to produce objective results of student performance. Additionally, teachers are able to collect student work and a report of student scores.
Please note that the Pronunciation activity is available as a separate module for Sanako Study 700 and 1200, and is not included in either one by default.
Conference Interpreting activity:
The Conference Interpreting activity provides an authentic interpretation training environment. The activity simulates a real-life meeting with a live discussion that is simultaneously interpreted to different languages. Students can be assigned as Interpreters, Delegates and Observers. During the activity users are able to select whether to listen to the discussion or to an interpreter and interpretation recordings can be collected afterwards.
Please note that the Conference Interpreting activity is available as a separate module for Sanako Study 700 and 1200, and is not included in either one by default.
With the Examination module you can easily create a variety of tests for students. You can use audio, video, images and text in the questions, and customize the grading scale to your needs.
Please note that the Examination module is available as a separate module for Sanako Study 1200, and is not included in by default.
Allow students to “call” each other with the much requested Telephone activity. This allows for a wide range of real-life based conversation exercises.
In this activity, you can transfer an audio track to students. Students then access their digital recorders, so that they can work with the source material individually and at their own pace to better comprehend what was said. You may select the students to answer questions to show how well they understood what they heard.
You can unobtrusively listen to student conversations, allowing your students to feel free to express themselves using their own words, rather than rehearsed textbook responses. In addition to pair and group discussions Study 1200 has a round table discussion that allows you to set up small student groups with a designated chairman, who leads the discussion. You can set up a meeting environment to help advanced language learners strengthen their oral presentation skills.
Students listen to and repeat a model track to practice the stress, rhythm and intonation of a foreign language, while their voices are recorded. The recorded model and student audio tracks enable easy assessment and correcting areas that need improvement.
Study 1200 allows you to create quick vocabulary tests easily. You only need to have a list of vocabulary items ready, and Study 1200 will handle the rest.
Reading aloud is a useful way of practicing intonation, rhythm and pronunciation, and is ideal for students’ individual practice. Students read a text which is recorded on the student track, and then practice to improve their proficiency. Everyone in class can read at the same time and at their own pace which saves time compared to the “traditional” reading practice methods, and even the shy students are not afraid to participate.
In the Voice Insert mode, gaps can be inserted automatically into source material, which means that you do not have to leave silent parts for the answers in the recordings – any audio file can be used. This unique feature allows you to create exercises during playback, and to give oral feedback on student recordings after a test.
Subtitles work as a link between spoken word and written text creating possibilities for different speech-to-text and text-to-speech translation exercises. With the ability to subtitle files, students will gain additional valuable language practice working with media files.
Add students to pairs and groups:
Study 1200 has up to six sessions. You can initiate different activities for the students and use different methods for each session to individualize learning. More advanced students can be put in a self-study session while you focus on the students who require more support. In the Self-Access mode each student works independently of all the other students.
Monitor and control student PCs (classroom management):
Monitoring students allows teachers to listen to selected students’ work and view their screens. Screen monitoring allows the teacher to view the screen activity of multiple student workstations in real time seeing how assignments progress. Student screens can all be viewed simultaneously as thumbnails.
Study gives you the control over student PCs, which allows for guidance and support of the students. You can black out the student screens and/or lock the cursors and keyboards to draw their attention. A blocking feature allows you to block the use of Internet or other applications to help students focus on a given task.
Screen Transfer with Audio and Marker Tool:
Study 1200 allows you to share the contents of the teacher screen and talk to the students at the same time, e.g. show a video from the internet. The screen image and audio can be transferred to a single student or the entire class. You can highlight screen items with The Marker Tool in order to make sure that students are concentrating on essentials.
Free content included:
5 free English lessons come bundled with your Study 1200 installation. These exercises integrate to Study environment and can be used to demonstrate all capabilities of Sanako content format. The available 5 free English lessons are: