Foreign Language Education with Audacity

Strategies for Using Audacity and the Video Guide to Audacity to Satisfy Foreign Language Education Curriculum Outcomes

The following are a collection of strategies that can be used in foreign language education. These strategies use the free software Audacity and the learning resource Video Guide to Audacity. I will refer to French but these learning strategies can be applied to any foreign language education

While Audacity is a relatively intuitive piece of software the majority of students need guidance in order to use it as an effective learning tool. The Video Guide to Audacity is intended to be used by individual students to ENSURE that all students can effectively use Audacity to learn French. The primary goal of the Video Guide to Audacity is to empower students with the skills they need to satisfy curriculum outcomes required in the learning of French.

Slow Down Speech with Audacity

Students can use Audacity to slow down a recording of French speech to a pace they can better comprehend. Once a recording is opened in Audacity students can slow down the sound significantly with out affecting the pitch. This strategy can be used with a variety of recordings such as news broadcasts, important speeches, radio programs, and sports interviews.

To learn how to slow down sound in Audacity students can watch the tutorial 21 How to Use the Change Tempo Effect, which is found in the Video Guide to Audacity.

Student French Radio Show

In this activity students will create French radio programs using Audacity. This activity can be as simple or as complex as the teacher and students decide. Students can record themselves reading the news and weather in French. Current and upcoming school events can be talked about. Students can conduct an ‘on air’ interview with a classmate in French. They can even include their own favorite French music as part of their radio shows.

Student radio shows can be played on the school PA system during morning announcements.

Video Guide to Audacity contains all the tutorials required to create even the most complex radio programs. These tutorials are presented in a straightforward format that all students can follow.

Student can use the following buy metronidazole 500mg for humans tutorials from the Video Guide to Audacity to help with this activity:

audacity tutorials

6 How to Record
7 How to Set Input Volume Levels
8 How to Export MP3 and WAV Files
12 How to Use the Time Shift Tool
15 How to Download Sound Samples from the Internet
18 How to Multitrack Record

Favorite French Songs

In this activity students can identify three of their favorite French songs and talk about why they like the songs. Using Audacity, students will record themselves telling why they like these three songs. Teachers can specify the required duration of the three explanations. Students can open three of their favorite French songs into Audacity and by using Audacity’s editing features, students can select a 10-second excerpt of their favorite songs to play as part of the project.

When students have completed their work they can play their compilations for their classmates.

Student can use the following tutorials from the Video Guide to Audacity to help with this activity:
6 How to Record
7 How to Set Input Volume Levels
8 How to Export MP3 and WAV Files
15 How to Download Sound Samples from the Internet
16 How to Use the Amplify Effect

Award Acceptance Speech

In this activity students will create a short French acceptance speech for a fictional award they have just won. Using Audacity, students will record themselves giving their speech. Students can also download music and sound effects (applause, etc.) from the Internet to make their speeches more authentic.

Student can use the following tutorials from the Video Guide to Audacity to help with this activity:
6 How to Record
8 How to Export MP3 and WAV Files
12 How to Use the Time Shift Tool
15 How to Download Sound Samples from the Internet

 

Create a French Radio Commercial

Students can use Audacity to create a French radio commercial for a product they like. Students can also download music and sound effects from the Internet to use as part of their radio commercial. Commercials can be approximately 30 seconds in length.

Tutorials in the Video Guide to Audacity show students how to record, download and import sounds, edit and export their projects to share with their friends.

by Andrew Mercer

 

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