Read on to learn about all the things you can do with ZenGengo.
ZenGengo features 10 engaging and interactive assignment types that have been specially designed for language learning. Assignments cover all 4 language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Features such as AI voice recognition, text-to-speech, and auto-grading save teachers countless hours while ensuring that students remain motivated and challenged on the path to greater proficiency.
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In the past, tests and grades were the main tools used to inform students of their progress in a language. Over time, however, emphasis has shifted toward the learning process, and feedback became the primary means of guiding students toward greater proficiency.
ZenGengo’s 10 auto-graded assignment types provide students with instant feedback on their performance in a given task. But there are additional options that teachers can exercise to improve learning efficiency and keep learners motivated. For each of the assignment types, teachers are able to add custom feedback that is shown to learners upon submission. This feedback can take the form of text, images, audio, video, PDFs or even embedded resources.
For Audio Recording, Video Recording and Written Report assignments, teachers are able to provide personalized feedback in 3 modalities: text, audio and video. This feedback can be delivered directly to the student’s inbox or accessed via a URL.
It’s important that teachers are able to monitor student performance and engagement as they progress through their language studies. Assignment submissions can be automatically graded with results stored in the gradebook. Each ZenGengo folder has a unique gradebook that can be viewed on the platform or downloaded as an Excel or CSV file.
A quick look at the gradebook can tell teachers who is progressing well and who requires extra attention.
To successfully manage their content - and their learners - in ZenGengo, teachers need to be aware of 3 key terms: folders, lessons and courses.
Folders are where ZenGengo assignments are created and stored. But because they are connected to students and their submissions, they can be thought of as similar to a class.
In fact, it’s recommended that teachers create a folder for each of their classes and configure the submission settings prior to making any assignments. Because each folder is also connected to a gradebook, it’s best that submissions are limited to a single class of students.
Lessons are groups of assignments (two or more) assembled by the teacher from those available within the folder. The assignments in the lesson may be navigated freely or in a fixed sequence, based on the determination of the teacher. Lessons are usually based around a certain topic or grammar point.
Availability and time limits may be set, and students may stop and restart where they left off. One of the main benefits of lessons is that they can be accessed from a single URL.
Just as lessons are groups of assignments, courses are groups of lessons. Once a lesson has been created within a folder, it becomes possible to create a course. The course serves as a kind of “homebase” for students, a place they can go to see their lessons past and present. When a course is created, an enrollment key is generated that the teacher then shares with the students. Entering this code will automatically enroll the students in the course.
Courses are linked to a single folder, and only lessons from that folder can be added to the course.