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Why do this? Ideal for role play exercises such as “asking for directions” or “booking a hotel room”.

Tip: If you want to listen to any of the pairs or groups once the activity is started then simply click on any of the students in that pair or group.

By clicking on any one member of the pair or group you will hear the pair or group.
If you click the Discuss icon whilst listening then all the pair/group members will hear you.
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The members of the group are shown whilst monitoring.

Students can find out who they have been paired or grouped with by simply clicking the word Discussion in the bottom left part of their player.
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If you want to record the student conversations then you need to click the Activity options text and tick from the following options.
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Select Record discussions to collect all the student pair/group discussions. Select Free mode student recording to only collect audio when the students have pressed their SPEAK icon.

The Free mode student recording option is very useful if you only want to collect the audio when the students actually start the exercise – it may be that the first minute or two is spent setting up the exercise and deciding on who is who in the role play?