Promoting student engagement in the second language classroom can be difficult for teachers. Multiple obstacles such as perceptions of the irrelevance of authentic language applications and the affective barriers (e.g. performance anxiety speaking before peers) tend to hinder student oral language performance. For teachers, especially for beginners, other obstacles appear such as being given the most challenging assignments with little to no professional support. Many times these educators scramble to squeeze the most out of every minute in the classroom for instructional purposes while trying to increase student achievement. Three free and open source software options are presented and findings from two studies of focusing on the use of Audacity indicate multiple benefits for both teachers and students. Afterwards, the authors demonstrate how to use Audacity for oral language assessment and discuss its implications for the world language classroom.
Swanson, P., Early, P. N., & Baumann, Q. (2011). What audacity! Decreasing student anxiety while increasing instructional time. In B. Özkan Czerkawski (Ed.), Free and open source software for e-learning: Issues, successes and challenges (pp. 168-186). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. DOI:104018/978-1-61520-917-0.ch011