How Velawoods Works
It's Easy to Use Velawoods English
Download & install the Velawoods English application to your favorite device.
Go through the lessons. In each lesson, you interact (through a camera view and speech analysis) with the virtual characters living in Velawoods using around 20 engaging activities.
While you go through lessons and the story, you will be learning the complete English language program and developing all your language skills in an engaging and interactive way.
The system scores you on how well you do the activities. Completed tasks and lessons will show as green and if you score a high score they will have a star.
You can practice by repeating lessons or going to your virtual apartment at any time to enjoy a range of interactive practice activities.
You receive a Certificate of Completion when you finish all the lessons and pass all the tests in a course.
Velawood's Speech Analysis
In every lesson, you will be asked to talk to the various virtual character living in Velawoods. To talk to them and have your pronunciation analyzed by state of art speech analysis by Carnegie Speech, please follow these steps:
Press/Click the red microphone button
While pressing/clicking on the microphone button, speak in a clear and loud voice
Stop pressing/clicking on the microphone button when you are done speaking
When you get the analysis, this is what it means:
Red: Incorrect pronunciation
Yellow: Almost there (getting better!)
Green: Good (you will be understood)
You can repeat each phrase as many times as you want to get it right, you can press REPLAY to hear yourself again or press HELP to hear the phrase said by a native speaker.
The Ingredients of Learning: Interaction, Immersion & Instruction
The White Paper details the key pedagogical learning principles of Velawoods. A brief summary follows.
The syllabus of Velawoods English is built on objectives linked to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The vocabulary syllabus was informed by English Vocabulary Profile , a major research project mapping how learners learn vocabulary at different CEFR levels. The language you learn in Velawoods English is manageable, useful, logically sequenced and appropriate for your level.
Second Language Acquisition Theory
Velawoods English ensures that you:
understand most of the language in the learning environment, but is challenged by an appropriate amount of new language,
are well supported in using your own knowledge and skills to understand the meaning of new vocabulary and structures,
feel comfortable and relaxed so that there are no barriers to the effective acquisition of new language.
A Communicative Approach
Velawoods English enables you to experience and actively notice new language in its natural everyday setting. You are guided to understand the meaning of this new language via a series of level-appropriate activities, before later using it in conversation. A successful communicative approach:
emphasizes the communication of meaning
focuses on grammatical forms where necessary to clarify meaning
uses the power of context to make linguistic input simple and comprehensible.
Interaction, Immersion and Instruction
Research shows that successful learning is often collaborative and operates within a social context; you can learn more with the support of others around you than you can on your own. This social context is central to the language-learning process (Kaufman, 2004).
Velawoods English provides such a stimulating social context. Its immersive environment offers a genuine, immediate need to learn the language and encourages motivation and progress. You experience this combination of immersion and instruction through interaction with a range of virtual characters and through the guidance of a virtual tutor. This tutor supportively explains new language and enables you to use it in real-life situations.
Feedback and Assessment
In Velawoods English, learners receive continuous personalized feedback and progress reports. There are also a number of Tests available. There is a skills-based assessment at the end of each part of the course and a more substantial Test at the end of each course that links to internationally recognized qualifications.
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