Read aloud exercises

Example of a read-aloud exercise.

How do students work through Lalilo's read aloud exercise?

In certain lessons, students will receive a read aloud exercise. They will be prompted to read text on screen and record themselves reading. They then listen back to their reading with the opportunity to self-evaluate. Once they submit they receive feedback on their reading.

Which lessons include read aloud exercises?

The following lessons include read aloud exercises:

  • Letter-sound lessons (consonants, vowels, digraphs, blends) include single word content only.
  • Some other spelling/phonics lessons (double consonant lessons, suffixes: -s, -ed, -ing) include single word content.
  • Sight word and word family lessons include sentences that students read. For these sentences, students are only evaluated on the accuracy of the target word (the sight word or word family word of that lesson).

Read aloud exercises are not mandatory for lesson mastery. They serve to diversify the student experience, give students practice reading words and sentences aloud, and allow them to listen to themselves reading while self-evaluating. Students will never be stuck on a lesson for not being able to read aloud accurately.

How accurate is the AI evaluation?

Lalilo's speech recognition accuracy is around 90% for isolated words and more than 80% for sentences, and it is improving every day. Lalilo detects when there is low confidence on the speech recognition feedback (it can occur when there is a lot of background noise, for example), and in that case Lalilo provides the correct answer to the students and asks them to self evaluate their recording. In that way they don't feel discouraged by the system.

Where can I find my students' recordings?

You can listen to your students' recordings in their answer report. A microphone logo on the far left will help you identify the corresponding exercises.

The microphone logo.

What technology is required for the read aloud exercise?

Lalilo will only give the read aloud exercise to students if their device meets the following criteria:

  • There is a microphone detected (this can be a built in microphone or a connected headset).
  • They use updated versions of Chrome, Safari and Firefox, on computer and tablets.
  • The microphone permissions are set to "yes" in the browser (this authorization pops up the first time a student gets the read aloud exercise).

Usage recommendation

The AI accuracy is badly impacted by background noise. We recommend the students to use a connected headset, rather than a built-in microphone. The microphone should be close enough to the mouth (but not too close either). The input volume of the microphone should be adapted if you hear a sound distortion or if the student cannot listen back to themselves. Finally the students should be as much as possible in a quiet place to work on those exercises in the right conditions.

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