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Podcasting as a Learning Tool in Second Language Classrooms
Kimberly Tohill, Spanish Teacher
Blue Mountain High School
Pennsylvania, USA

Podcasting Survey Results
Concept of Immersion
Podcasting in Second Language Classrooms
Ideas for Language Podcasts
Hot List of Useful Links

Podcasting Survey Results
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Concept of Immersion
  • Students spend as much time as possible interacting with the foreign language - reading, writing, speaking, & listening
  • Students are forced to use what they know and what they don't know to communicate with others in the target language
  • Students receive continual input in the target language and eventually produce comprehensible output (more and more as fluency increases)
  • Proponents believe that by hearing, seeing, and using only the target language students learn it more quickly and fluently
  • Immersion follows students everywhere they go - just like their mp3 players do!
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Podcasting in the Second Language Classroom
  • Bulk of day-to-day communication is verbal
  • Podcasting is a type of "mobile language immersion"
  • Portability encourages students to tune in again and again at any time; students can play, pause, rewind and repeat at their leisure.
  • Allow students to customize learning to their levels and interests, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provides authentic materials from native speakers - allows for the study of accents, regionalisms, speed of delivery and cultural nuances.
  • The Internet breaks down cultural and linguistic barriers and provides anonymity that encourages student participation and involvement.
  • Podcasting speaks the langauge of today's students: technology!
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Ideas for Language Podcasts
  • Audio portfolio of progress throughout language study
  • Audio portions of tests
  • Special education and multiple learning styles
  • Recorded lectures for absentees and review for everyone
  • Vocabulary repetition and pronunciation
  • Conversational prompts and listening practice
  • Peer review of spoken language skills
  • Music in the target language and to analyze culture
  • Current events in the target language and in the perspective of those living the news
  • Poetry to study rhyme and rhythm
  • Interviews
  • Field recording
  • Virtual tours
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