Sock Puppets is a great app for practicing speaking in a creative and simple way by enabling learners to record and listen to short dialogues. It is excellent for practicing, and raising learner awareness of, pronunciation and functional language, among other things.
It’s proven really popular with teachers and students at our Kuala Lumpur teaching centre because of its user-friendliness and very quick set up time. Teacher Marcus Morgan says: “What I like about this, especially for young learners, is the 30-second recording time and limited set of characters. There’s no time wasted mucking about with setting up – it’s straight in and you’re off”. Teacher Christopher Whittle adds: “My elementary class loved it. They’d never heard themselves speak English before and it really encouraged self-awareness and led to a lot of self-correction and peer-correction”.
Watch the following video in which Marcus and Christopher take a closer look.
Get the app here. Would you use it? If so, how would you use it?