The activity uses a small text playing program called Zap Reader. You simply paste or type in a text and it will play the text for you word by word as you read. You can adjust the speed to make it go faster or slower.
The second site we are going to use is Colin's Movie Monologue page. This site has a huge collection of speeches from the scripts of popular films.
Lastly, to get some examples for you off what the speeches should sound like, we are going to use YouTube.
- Go to: Colin's Movie Monologues and choose a monologue from a film that you know or like.
- I've chosen one called '10 Things I Hate about You' I chose it because it was the first one on the page. You can find the text here: http://tinyurl.com/6lxvkv or choose your own text. Copy the text.
- Next go to http://www.zapreader.com/reader/ and paste your text into the field. Then click on 'ZAP it'.
- The text reader will appear. Change the text speed from 300 to 100 and then click play. Each word from the text will appear. Try to read through the text (you could also read out loud) as thee words appear.
- If you want to hear what the text should sound like then go to YouTube and search for the video of the monologue.
Here is the video of the text '10 Things I Hate About You'.
- Listen to the text and then try to read it again. Gradually increase the speed each time and try to get up to 200 (words per minute)
If you enjoy this activity find some more monologues from your favourite films and try to Zap read them.
Come back tomorrow for more EFL ESL activities.
Related links for teachers:
- Prompting reading speeds
- Interactive multiple choice activities
- Picture phrases
- Learning through karaoke!