Welcome to the AMES LearnScope project VET Voices Online


Our project

Use of online voice technologies (Horizon Wimba Voice Boards) to support language and literacy learners in Aged Care, Children Services and ESL AMEP courses.

Opportunity for teachers to explore the technologies and their application to teaching and learning within the context of these courses.

What we used

Wimba Voice Boards on TAFEVC
Voice boards, can provide support and increased access for learners with low levels of literacy CALD learmers
provide an opportunity for both independent and collaborative activities for learners addressing oral competencies such as
• communication skills,
• language development (ESL) or
• pronunciation.

Certificate III in Aged Care Work


Learners

22 students
Australian (3), Sri Lankan, Samoan, Chinese, Burundian, Ethiopian and more
Ages 17- 51
ISLPR 2 and above
Educational background: Varies from 8 years schooling to Bachelor Degrees
Computer skills of learners; Varied from beginners to highly proficient

What we did

The learning activity consisted of reporting back on their practical placement.
Initially this meant describing their facility and the process they went through, from the interview at the aged care facility through to the first day or so of placement.

Certificate III in Children's Services


21 students
Aged from 21 to 53
Language background not important because all 2+ or above in speaking
All above 2 ISLPR
Nearly all have tertiary education in their home countries
All but 2 had very proficient computer skills and needed minimal assistance
Some have computers and internet access at home
Some want to go on and do Diploma in Children’s Services


AMEP Certificate in Spoken and Written English II

18 students
Vietnam, China, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey, India, Bangladesh
Ages 27 to about 53
ISLPR 1+ to 1-, mostly have most skills at 1. (eg: S1 L1+ R1 W1- would be a common spread of skill levels.)
Educational background high school education, sometimes more, in first country.
All literate in L1.
Most had been in workforce in first country.
Many computer literate, some not at all


What we used

Wimba Voice Boards on TAFEVC
Voice boards, can provide support and increased access for learners with low levels of literacy CALD learmers
provide an opportunity for both independent and collaborative activities for learners addressing oral competencies such as
• communication skills,
• language development (ESL) or
• pronunciation.


Our evaluation strategy


How we are planning to involve the learners.
Designing eLearning and Beyond text: using your voice online.
provide an opportunity to further embed the new practices trialled in these projects
voice boards, can provide
support and increased access for learners with low levels of literacy CALD learmers
provide an opportunity for both independent and collaborative activities for learners addressing oral competencies such as
• communication skills,
• language development (ESL) or
• pronunciation.



Contact details

Dora Troupiotis
email: dorat@ames.net.au