The Listen and write Multimedia Interactive Learning Application (MILA) generates guided dictation activities. First, learners listen to the entire audio. Then the dictation screen is generated. Learners can listen to individual segments of the audio in any order they choose and attempt to write the corresponding words. They can attempt the words in any order so they can continue ahead if they get stuck on a word and come back to it later. They also have the option of listening to the audio slowed down but without altering the pitch (also known as time stretch). This gives the effect of someone talking slowly, making it possible for learners to hear natural pronunciation in greater detail.
The Listen and write application uses a real time traffic light colour coded feedback system to guide learners’ spelling; red for the wrong letter, amber for the right letter in the wrong position, and green for the right letter in the right position. It’s not case sensitive and ignores all punctuation except for apostrophes and hyphens so that it avoids the usual frustrations of automated dictations. There are two versions, one for paragraphs/monologues, and another for dialogues with separated lines of text.
- Listen to the complete audio
- Time stretched (slowed down) audio is also available
- Listen to each phrase or sentence
- Write the phrase or sentence
- Input text is colour coded (red, amber, green) in real time as learners type
- Results are recorded in Moodle’s grade book