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Using the H5P Speak the Words Tool

This guide will introduce a voice recognition content type allowing instructors to ask students a question that should be answered with their voice.  This tool is especially useful for learning and practicing new languages. 

Please note that using Google Chrome is recommended since the built-in speech engine is only available in this browser. 

For instructions on how to embed or insert H5P Learning Objects in a VU Collaborate space, please see Inserting H5P in VU Collaborate.

Below are the steps on how to use the H5P Speak the Words Tool.

Step One: Create the 'Speak the Words'

1. In the Learning Space choose the module you want the H5P to be in, click on New then New Document.


2. Click on the Insert Stuff button. 

insert stuff icon in the HTML editor

h5p learning object 

3. In the H5P tool, click Add Content.

dd content

4. Type Speak in Search for Content Types. Then click Speak the Words.

speak the word


Step Two: Set Up the 'Speak the Words'

1. Add a Title for the activity that will be easy to remember and find. 

The title of the activity should relate to the task or short quiz you are creating. Below is an example of how to create a small quiz on the topic of saying "Hello" in Spanish. 

   Then, under Describe task enter the task or question you would like to ask your students to answer with their voices.

speak the words title and task

2. Thinking of the correct answer(s) to your task/question, enter at least one accepted answer. Click Add item if you want to add more accepted answers to the task.

Below is an example of four possible correct answers to the word "Hello" in Spanish, which students can say out loud to get a mark.

speak the words accepted answers

To remove a possible answer from a question. Press the "x" button on the right of the Accepted answer creation space, see example above.

3. Once the correct answer(s) have been entered, below you must add the incorrect and correct answer messages students will receive judging on their answer.

Then, select the language of Speech input to English (Australia).

speak the words incorrect and correct answer text

4. Pressing Text overrides and translations, Speak the Words and Retry, will allow you to edit settings or translate texts used in the test itself.


For example, if you wish to change the Retry button from English to Spanish, you can do so by typing Reintentar Algo.


Speak the words text overrides translations retry 

At the bottom of the screen you can adjust your H5P's settings (you can leave these settings by default or make alterations):

1 - Display options: (previously 'Display and copyright buttons') What options do you want to be visible for the user, for example, you can tick the display download button to enable students/staff to download the H5P to their computer. You can also tick the Display embed button, which allows the user to embed the H5P into their HTML editor in VU Collaborate for example.

2 - Folder: (previously 'My Content') All your content will be saved in one spot, within a root folder.

3 - Publish: This option allows you to make the H5P Unpublished (content can not be inserted into VUC), Protected (content can be inserted into VUC) or Public (visible to the public using a content link and the content can be inserted into LMS and be embedded). Protected is the default setting and it is recommended to leave this setting as it is. 

4 - Collaborators: (previously 'Authors') In this setting you can add and search for other collaborators and give them access to edit your H5P's. For example, if you are teaching a unit with another staff member and you would like them to have access to edit your H5P's, then you can use the search field to locate another staff member by typing in their full name. 

5 - Sharing: (previously called 'Select value') This is where you share your H5P with others, so they can view and clone your content. There is a folder allocated for each college, for example, 'Arts and Education', select your College.

To know more about Sharing and Collaborators, please see H5P Sharing and Collaboration.

6 - Send Score to LMS: (previously 'Send to Gradebook') In this section you can link your H5P directly to VU Collaborate and also link it to your grade book. It is recommended to leave this setting as it is, and NOT send the results to the grade book.

title new h5p

Step Three: Preview and Publish 'Speak the Words Tool'

1. Click Save and Insert. A preview of the H5P object will appear.  

Save and insert

preview speak the word

2. The H5P object is now ready to add to your space. Click Insert to add the interactive video to the document.


3. Alternatively, you can click Save.

h5p save

4. Then click Insert.

h5p insert


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