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An audioconference is excellent for meeting the achievement objectives in the oral language strand of the English curriculum as well as an efficient way for students to interview a person at a remote site. Audioconferences can also be arranged to exchange data with other students i.e. a class to class conference. A phone with a mute button is essential here to block extraneous noise from the conference.

These points relate to a situation where a group of people, teachers or students are interviewing one person at a remote site.

Before the conference

  1. Choose someone to chair the conference

  2. Decide the questions that are to be asked and who will ask them or have an agenda that has been agreed on. Sending questions in advance will lead to quality information because then the person being interviewed has had a chance to prepare answers.

  3. Decide on an order of speaking

  4. Try to adhere to a time limit


  1. The Chair welcomes the person and introduces the group generally.

  2. Each person introduces themselves and says where they're from if appropriate.

  3. The chair introduces each speaker.

  4. Always introduce yourself before you ask a question or speak.
    "Hi Nola it's Jackie here......"
    and thank them at the end

  5. The Chair makes eye contact with the next speaker to ensure that they are ready, although if you have a mute button, turn it on, and then you can talk amongst yourselves.


If you go off line to discuss a certain point always come back at the pre arranged time. Synchronising watches at the beginning helps here. Decide who is going to call whom.

Jackie Halliday UNITEC 1996