Use video self-modeling software to strengthen reading and speaking fluency

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Using video self-modeling (VSM) is an effective and engaging method for strengthening a student’s reading and speaking fluency; it has been a popular tool used for decades to effectively improve individuals’ behaviors and skills (Prater et al., 2011). This activity provides students with an opportunity to watch and listen as they model a skill of interest; in this case, a Spanish speaking exercise. During this exercise, students can see correct execution of the skill and mirror the behavior (Ortiz et al., 2011). For this activity, students are expected to create the videos (or slide shows) by following directions from the instructor, thoughtfully observe and assess their recorded videos (their own and their peers), and then provide positive and meaningful feedback via an online discussion board. The overarching goal for this activity is to promote increased reading and speaking fluency among the students, as well as self-awareness of their fluency skills in the language.

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  • Instructor: Dr. Shaun Bauer
  • Course Title: Intermediate Spanish Language and Civilization I, University of Central Florida (online)

Speaking Activity 2-Una ciudad interesante: Create a narrated slideshow about a city located in a Spanish-speaking country. Include at least five details and tourist attractions of the destination. The presentation should be between 60 to 90 seconds in length, entirely in Spanish. Watch three of your classmates’ presentations and comment on them in 50-100 words in written Spanish or in 30 seconds in Spoken recorded Spanish. Follow the technical instructions found on this page, “How to Create Narrated Slideshows”, to create and upload your presentation to the discussion board. Use one of the following programs to create your narrated slideshow:


Windows users

  1. Download PhotoStory 3 for Window Photo Story 3 (
  2. Watch Photo Story Tutorial (YouTube tutorial:
  3. Be sure to save your file as a .wmv file before uploading.


Mac users

  1. Using iMovie you can import your pictures and create a narrated slide show just like PhotoStory.
  2. How to create a iMovie slide show (iMovie instructions
  3. Be sure to save your file as an .m4v files before uploading.

Student Example

Video Self Modeling Screenshot

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Barrett-Greenly, T., Bennet, L. & Seihamer, R. (2015). Use video self-modeling software to strengthen reading and speaking fluency. In Chen, B., deNoyelles, A., & Thompson, K. (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved February 25, 2020 from

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