It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Google Voice. Here’s a way I’m using it to keep in touch with students during a break.
I created a Google Voice activity and used twitter to notify students about it. For this activity, I just wanted to measure students’ pronunciation and fluency, so I wrote a paragraph and asked them to read it aloud as a message when they call. It’s an easy, low-stress way for them to spend a little time with Spanish during their time away from class. I offered extra credit according to how fast they could read the paragraph.
Read the entire paragraph with few or no pronunciation mistakes in less than 2:00 = 3 points
Read the entire paragraph with few or no pronunciation mistakes in less than 1:45 = 4 points
. . . and so on.
Here is the document with the description of the activity: Google Voice Extra Credit Read