Parlay is a fantastic tool for helping students build their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills when learning a new language. Here are some tips and tricks if you're a languages teacher thinking about using Parlay:
1. Parlay supports text and characters in almost any language!
- Our Online RoundTable is a great way to help students improve their reading and writing skills in a new language. It encourages higher order thinking and gives opportunities for structured, substantive peer feedback.
- Run Online RoundTable discussions at home as a preparatory exercise or inside of the classroom as a fun warm-up activity.
2. Have students to pre-record their audio submissions.
- SpeakPipe is a free (no-login) tool you can use have your students record their own audio file and then share the link when submitting
- Have your students give each other constructive feedback using Parlay's points system (see below).
3. Customize Your Point Types
- Create your own point types to help students
- Better understand expectations for the assignment.
- Give each other more meaningful feedback.
- Identify strengths and where they to focus efforts for improvement.
- Below are some example point types! (Of course, you might want to translate them into your language of instruction)
4. Student Presentations
Parlay's Live RoundTable is a great way to track individual student presentations!
- Have each student prepare and deliver a small presentation to the class.
- Allow the other students to sign on and reward points and leave feedback during the presentation.
That's all for now!
The Parlay Team :)