BEFORE YOU START
Download the Tellagami app by going to the Tellagami website. Spend a minute or two playing around with the app to see what it can do.
Note that the free version does not have the text-to-speech feature and offers only a limited range of clothes and accessories.
If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet to hand, watch the promotional video.
Aims: for students to practise vocabulary for describing physical appearance and clothing and develop accuracy in writing
Resources: Tellagami app, one tablet or smartphone per 2-3 students
Age: 8-10, 11-14, 15-18, Adult
Time: 10 minutes plus optional extension
Before the lesson
- Create a character in Tellagami and record a description of your person using the text-to-speech feature in the app or, if you’re using the free version of Tellagami, your own voice:
- Save the video to your classroom computer, or upload it to a private YouTube channel so students can view it in the classroom.
During the lesson
- Explain that you have created a character. The character is going to give a description of him- or herself to the class, and they must listen and create the same character using Tellagami.
- Play your video with the screen switched off, without pausing the recording. In pairs, students listen and edit the avatar as much as they can. Play the recording a second time, pausing as needed so students can finish editing.
- Elicit parts of the description from different groups. Then play the complete recording a third time, this time with the video, so students can check to see if they were correct.
- Tell students to create their own character using Tellagami and write a short description using the text-to-speech feature. They can listen to the recording, but using headphones so that no other students hear the description. The character should also be kept secret! Once they’re happy with the recording, they should save it as a video.
- Students form groups of four. Each pair takes turns to play their recording without showing the video, while the other pair listens and recreates the character.
- Get feedback on who had the best descriptions and which descriptions were the most difficult to follow.
TAKING IT FURTHER
Depending on your students and the time available, you could:
- ask students to read out a description of their character or record the description in their own voice, rather than using the text-to-speech feature
- have students say more about their character, rather than giving a literal description
- get students to choose their own background, rather than a template, and describe the place for other students to guess
- ask students to use their character to tell part of a story, tell a short joke, read a short poem or express an opinion about something.
OVER TO YOU
Do you feel you could use this lesson idea with your students? If so, how would you integrate it into your curriculum? How would you make sure your students used English?
Can you think of any other ways of using Tellagami in the classroom?