'Voki's' are great for practising speaking skills with students of all ages. Creating an animated character and giving it a voice is real fun to do and breaks down the inhibitions that students often have when faced with recording themselves speaking in English.

Activity: Creating an online character that speaks 

Aims

  • Practising speaking skills – focussing on pronunciation 
  • Online familiarisation 

Level

B1+

Age

Primary YLs to Adults 

Time

Around 1.5 hrs, depending on the age of the students.

Materials

  • a computer for each pair of students
  • headphones with microphones attached to the computers that you are going to use
  • ideally, a computer attached to a data projector for demonstrating the activity to the class and reviewing their completed vokis
  • an internet connection
  • the Adobe Flash player plug-in installed on your computers

 You can download the teacher notes for this lesson plan below

By Ann Foreman

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There are so many possibilities for speaking activities with this website.  Plus, it's a cool way for kids to send someone to their parents.  A fun way to show that they've been working on their English speaking, which I've found tends to be the most difficult skill to work on.  Thanks!