- Site Description
Site Title: Randalls ESL Cyber Listening Lab
System Requirement: Windows 95, NT, Windows 3.1, SCO Unixware 7. If you want to listen
audio program, you must have minimum CPU: 486/66DX and 14.4 modem 8MB of RAM and 2MB of
Hard Disk Space. If you want to watch Video & Animation, you must have minimum CPU:
Pentium and 28.8 modem, 16MB of Ram and 2MB of Hard Disk Space. Moreover, you need
256-color video card or greater for video algorithms. Both audio and Video need 16-bit of
sound card with a Windows driver, and SLIP or PPP connection to an Internet Service
Provider, or an Ethernet or LAN connection. To use the Windows 95 (32-bit) Real Player,
use a 32-bit winsock such as the winsock that comes with Windows 95.
Author: Randall S. Davis is currently working at Nagoya University in the Intercultural
Studies department. His area of interest and specialty include CALL, video technology and
language teaching, teacher training, and language autonomy.
Subject Area: Listening
Target Audience: Listening Activities in this website can be applicable for the youth
or older since the topic is daily life in the USA. Moreover, these activities are very
helpful for both ESL and EFL students.
2. Summary: Main page has variety of listening
activities from sentence level to long conversations. The author made Real Audio programs
as well as Real Video programs, which may motivate students to listen to. The topics are
also varied to choose which can be taught by themes. In addition, ESL Cyber Listening Lab
page has many sites to support the listening activities such as download page and help
topics. These careful considerations to audiences are delightful. This program can be
useful for self-study and a classroom setting.
All comprehension questions/topics indicate level of the difficulty in
listening which students/teachers can easily choose from for the students level. In
short listening exercises, they focus on the language functions or pronunciations (minimum
pairs), which really help to start listening in English for the beginner students. In long
conversations with RealAudio program have a lot of varied topics which students will
encounter in the real world. Long conversations with Real Video program are more academic
listening which includes lectures and news reports. However, RealVideo does not seem
interesting to use because they do have less environmental clues than I do expected; one
person is talking in front of the video. I wish they had more scenes and various pictures!
So, RealVideo programs can be listened by using RealAudio program. All exercises and
comprehension questions are multiple questions that you have to click the right answer.
Some topics also have fill-in-the blank exercises that give students opportunities to
listen carefully. Students can submit the answers on the web and they can get the score
with right answers immediately. It is possible to get quiz transcripts for each topic,
too. When you look at the quiz transcripts, you can find out the underlined words for
difficult words. When you click on the marked word, a pop-out window appears with the word
in red along with an explanation or comment about it. It is very helpful for individual
self-study to use the annotation box!
- Content: The educational objective of the site is to provide ESL/EFL
students with opportunities to practice and improve their listening comprehension skills.
In addition, each student uses an individual computer (which includes a headphone and
control of the exercises: stop/replay); therefore, students can work at their own pace. It
provides students with a low-anxiety environment.
- Bulletin Board: All visitors can write messages to others interested in language
learning, and these message are posted immediately. Interesting enough, Randall checked
all the message and commented on them. All messages have been about the website that is
related to the language learning.
- Search Page: Users can use the basic search page for finding different listening
tasks, speakers (man, women, child), sound file type (RealAudio, RealVideo, Wav),
different level of quizzes, and content. Therefore, you can easily find out the most
suitable quiz by using this search page.
- Download Page: Students/teachers can download a number of short and long
conversation quizzes and sound files from this page. It save time to play the quizzes and
also it makes easy to access the quizzes at nay time without on line.
- Randalls Voice Mailbox: Students can send e-mail to the author and listen to
the answer over the Internet. The question does not have to be about his website. One of
example which students asked was "What do you think about Clintons case?"
It is a wonderful tool for students to motivate to listen in the target language! What
good exercises they are! Of course, the students all over the world can use the voice
- Links: This page has links to other sites on the Web that focus on listening
comprehension, RealAudio and RealVideo broadcasts, multimedia tools, and Web page
Constructions. These links are very useful for students who want to try new listening
quizzes and also for teachers who want to create a new lesson plan by using Internet.
- Basic Self-Study Guide: The author divides many exercises into 10 themes:
Introductions, School and Jobs, City Life Family Life, Daily Schedules, Directions, On the
Phone, Travel, Eating Out, and Descriptions. Each quiz indicates the level of difficulty.
The author also provides language functions for each theme so that students can focus on
them, too. This guide is useful for individual learners and in a classroom setting.
- Tutorial sites: There are two tutorial site: text tutorial and RealVideo tutorial.
These sites are helpful for users to find out an effective way to use Randalls
- Site Evaluation
This is very useful site for improving listening skills. The goal of the
site is to practice and improve students listening comprehension skills. There is a
wide selection of the exercises. This website is not only for beginners but also
intermediate or low advanced students can use these quizzes, too. In the multi-level
classroom setting, this site is the perfect activities for individual work in a classroom.
- Sound quality is always good enough to use. You do not have to worry to damage the
quality by replaying the quizzes!
- Once you download the quizzes, you do not have to go to Internet to access his page, so
you can save time and use the quiz any time you want.
- Annotation text in the quiz script is useful for self-study. It motivates students to
find out the unfamiliar words immediately.
- According to Ur (1989), most students need intensive practices in some skills. In short
listening exercises, they have a lot of intensive exercises such as pronunciations.
- Exercises include formal language as well as informal language; therefore, they can
encounter various types of the language types.
- Ur (1989) suggests that students should get feedback immediately on their performance of
the task. Students can get quiz scripts any time and get scores with right answer right
after submitting their answers.
- Harmer (1986) insists that the activities must interest students and they must be useful
for students. Topics of the listening quizzes are very common in realistic world of spoken
- Short listening exercises focus on more bottom-up skills and Long Conversation quizzes
focus on more top-down skills. So, Interaction of both skills can be effective to improve
- Voice Mailbox can be very exciting to hear what they asked. It is good opportunities to
use listening activities in the content.
- For EFL students, it is a good opportunity to listen in English outside of the
class because this page can access anywhere over the computer.
- RealVideo quizzes do not have enough visual clues.
- This page requires a lot of equipment such as sound card, microphone, RealAudio Player.
They can be expensive to prepare for all the computers.
- There are a lot of preparations to use this page in a class such as downloading quizzes.
- I had difficulties to set up for listening. Many teachers who are not familiar with
computer cannot figure out how to use it. (Technical problems)
If user have all equipment for using this page, this site is very effective for
students to practice and improve their listening skills. It can be used in class and
outside of the class as self-study. This page has a lot of ways to use effectively in
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