Archive for April, 2014

Interpreting against audio files sources with live feedback in Sanako Study 1200

  1. How will we be recording
    1. Individual recording
      1. Voice insert: student control how much time they have interpreting
        1. students can stop the source where they want, they can rewind and review the source, they can overwrite their initial interpretation, they can interpret at the speed they want.
        2. We could insert cues at sentence ends in the source; and also (but little need,) slow the source down or insert pauses
      2. Student track
        1. students have to follow along at the speed of the source can stop the source where they want, they can rewind and review the source;  they can with some difficulty overwrite their initial interpretation/
        2. More difficult: We likely should slow the source down or insert pauses
    2. Model imitation: like an exam,
      1. students all speak in parallel, without individual control
      2. Most difficult: We most likely need to slow the source audio down, including inserting pauses as "breathers")
  2. What audio track will we be collecting?
    1. If student saves manually, student can save either or both tracks , but need to be taught.
    2. If model imitation, we collect only student recording.
    3. If lock player/collect buffer, we collect both source and student track
    4. Listener can focus on one track by controlling the balance during playback:
    5. Listener can also split the audio tracks (= delete the source track),
      1. more easily (file / save as) in the sanako recorder
      2. More
  3. Teacher listening in
    1. Is always possible,
      1. just click the student icon in the classroom layout
      2. or use screen control / autoscan: the audio switches with the screen, this has a bit of overhead, and our computers are network are not the fastest, but we made some changes to optimize speed; best reserved for when you also need to see the student’s screen.
  4. Teacher speaking: Teacher providing on-the-fly feedback via "Discuss":
    1. Playlist Launch and open ( then you can stop each individual student (students do not work in sync, remote-controlled) .
    2. Model imitation ( : then you cannot talk to one (all students record in sync).
    3. Teacher providing non-live feedback :
      1. Teacher can provide aural feedback later when grading the student submissions from your office pc:
        1. How a teacher can use Sanako voice insert to easily add spoken comments to students’ Sanako oral proficiency exams- step–by step
        2. We recorded here how it is being done for Business Spanish: Protected: How a teacher can give students aural feedback on oral exams using the Sanako Study 1200 Lite Recorder
        3. For that voice-insert, you need to install the Sanako Recorder on your office PC.

    Slowing source audio for interpreting classes in the digital audio lab

    1. To judge from listening to Simult. Lesson 1, text 2 on Acebo Interpreter’s Edge (ISBN 1880594323), I am wondering  whether some of our students (= personalization) would need this audio to be simplified, to gain the benefit of a well-adjusted i+1?  I can pre-process the audio :
      1. Where the flatlines = natural pauses are in above graph, insert a audio signal as where students can press voice insert recording,  Example: clip_image001
      2. We can also  insert a pause and a cue at the beginning and end to set students a limit how long they can interpret, but if students operate  the player manually, there is no teacher control and no exam condition, and the students having to manage the technology tends to distract from the language practice.
      3. Slow down the audio without changing the pitch (just have to make sure not to overdo it, else will sound like drunken speech  – my time stretching software would be able to avoid “drunken speech” syndrome, but I have not been able to work on it since briefly for IALLT in Summer 2011 for 3 years now…)
        1. clip_image002
        2. clip_image003
      4. We can use this adjusted with the Sanako grouping feature to personalize instruction (find the right i+1 for each of your student, useful if there are considerable variations in their proficiency): How to group students into sessions  (in 3 different ways)

    Web browser popup blocker exceptions need configuring


    1. Which computers
      1. This I found on the Reception desk
      2. but isn’t that then also wrong on all student pcs which have the same base image?
    2. Which exceptions missing: I noticed immediately:
      2. should read
    3. Which browsers
      1. Example is IE9,
      2. But are others different?

    Student email in Office365/ slow on reception desk computers

    1. Problem: Since last week (or so; interestingly, only individual users seem to have been affected at first), we seem to experiencing regular (but not consistent) issues with meeting requests mostly
      1. slowness
      2. browser-specific behavior
        1. internet explorer 9: crashes
        2. chrome: crashes
        3. Firefox: (sometimes just seems to hang, with some coercion can bring up an “unresponsive script” warning dialogue that a script is hanging: image
    2. Workaround:
      1. Best so far: if you see the Firefox warning dialogue, check “do not warn again” and click on “continue”(?)
      2. we will try to look into common browser configuration (like popup blockers).
    3. Root cause: ?
      1. Firefox provides only this help on unresponsive script error;
      2. the slowness could be in the actual script, on the client, in the network, on the server…
    4. Resolution: ?

    Protected: Elti0162 Syllabus with learning materials for listening and speaking

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    How to find your computer’s name

    1. Right click on “my computer” on desktop,
    2. or on “[My] computer” on start menu,
    3. and clicik “Properties”image
    4. or hold the windows key and press “pause /break” on upper right,
    5. in the window that comes up (tab computer name on XP), you can see the name:

    Watch how to start and activate speech recognition from the desktop

    Watch how to configure the speech recognition wizard on Windows 7

    Choose the same options in your language (every time you log in, until we find a way to set these options on a per-machine level).