For my second cool trick of the day, I posted a quiz on quia.com — it was really a listening exercise for my level one and two kids, but I called it a quiz so that they’d take it seriously. I recorded myself reading a script about Lake Baikal. I pasted every statement into a question box and left out one word. The kids had to listen to the script to fill in the missing words. Of course, since I also pasted in the translation, I had a couple of kids decide that they would do it without the recording. That was okay. They were getting input.
Take a look and see what you think. In pre-TPRS days, I would never have approved of putting in the English. Some of these sentences are too complex for my level one kids, though, and so I wanted them to be able to feel comfortable.
I made a recording on Garage Band (PC users can use Accousticity) and uploaded the sound file to Quia. I gather I could do the same thing on Moodle but haven’t learned Moodle yet. Gotta do that–$50/year isn’t much but is something.
If you do go with Quia, put in the kids’ names yourself so that you have control.