Get Started on Speakable

Introduction

Welcome to Speakable! We’re delighted you’ve chosen to bring speech recognition to your students. We look forward to serving you on our journey together. In this post, you’ll find instructions, gifs, and video resources that detail the info needed to successfully launch a Speakable class.

If you’re like me, the words creating a course send immediate panic vibes down my spine but don’t worry. The majority of teachers on Speakable create their courses one unit at a time. Often sharing the first playlist (set) they create with students immediately after it’s finished.

After creating a Speakable account, there are only four steps.

  • Create a new course 
  • Add assignments & activate
  • Share the course join link with students
  • Leverage data to enhance student’s growth 

Let’s dive in!

 

 

1. Create a course

From your Dashboard, hit the pink create button and select course. After entering in the relevant details. you’ll be able to start creating assignments. 

 

2. Add assignments & active

To better understand some of the common challenges that can occur when creating a speaking exercise that is powered by speech recognition please read this support article: It won’t accept the correct pronunciation

 

 

3. Invite Students 

Now that you’ve chosen or created a speaking exercise (assignment/set – the best lingo is still emerging here), you’re ready to share it with your students and start watching the magic happen. 

If you’re a google classroom user, the easiest way to do this is to share the course join link with students through google classroom, you’ll find a button right in the course that allows you to do this. 

That’s isn’t the only option though – you can copy the course join link and share it with students through any medium that you communicate with them through. When students open the link it’ll look like this (image below), and they’ll be taken directly into your course. 

Once inside, students will also have their own suite of tools to help them take control of their own learning and accelerate their road to fluency. 

View your course as a student 

Viewing your course as a student is a great way to double-check your work before inviting your students to Speakable. To do this click the  Student button that you can access from your left sidebar (select teacher) . When a new teacher account is created, a student account is created for that teacher as well. This allows teachers to test their work as a student without impacting students’ individual scores or analytics. You can test each assignment and see exactly what students see when they’re in the course.

Bonus: If you’re onto learning your 3rd, 4th, or 5th language, you can use Speakable yourself!

 

4. Leverage data to enhance student’s growth 

We geek out on data and we hope you will too. The ability to understand what you’re doing well and what’s not working as a teacher is crucial to our own continuous growth. For students, understanding their strengths and weaknesses is also powerful. 

You’ll find two kinds of data on Speakable:

Growth Data

Every week, students see a breakdown of their progress. As they complete speaking exercises with more accuracy, complete phrases containing more words, and speak more target language words correctly, their pronunciation success metric will increase. 

We’re firm believers in weekly/monthly progress, celebrating the small wins. Contrary to many online “Learn X Language Quick” adverts, we know language is something that is acquired over time and that’s why we believe it’s important for students to have visible metrics that let them see their shorter-term efforts are not fruitless. Even if they don’t have opportunities to engage with native speakers, it’s possible to quantify their growth. Students will find the metric display below on their dashboard at login. 

 

Accountability Data: 

Gradebook is one of the features we’re most excited about. Teachers are human beings.. and giving 30, 60, or, as we’ve seen in some cases, 150 students meaningful feedback on their pronunciation every week, each year would be a superhuman feat. 

That’s why we’ve focused Speakable on leveraging speech recognition technology to allow teachers to scale their pronunciation feedback. By investing 3-20 minutes a week in adding key vocabulary, phrases, etc.. to playlists and assigning them, you can save hundreds of hours a year in listening to recordings and subjectively assigning grades. 

You won’t just be helping yourself, your students won’t have to wait for feedback. meaning they’ll have an experience that is closer to actual human interaction than they could otherwise. They’ll know right away what Speakable heard and be able to use that feedback to make adjustments.