Monday, April 15, 2013
Podcasting in the Classroom
Podcasting is very important to educators and learners in today's world. Podcasting is a type of digital media that can be accessed with the use of a computer or any online device. It is a series of episodes of the radio, a video, and PDF. For this particular module this week, I have chosen to view the "ESL Pod" Podcast. In this website, there are many podcasts and transcripts for English as a Second Language learners. I chose to listen to this particular podcast because I am studying in school to become an English as a Second Language teacher, and this podcast website interests me the most from the others. I selected the podcast episode, English Cafe 393 from this ESL podcasting website. During this episode, the speaker discusses about a series on famous American movies. For a specific example of how he discusses he movie, he would talk about the movie, "The Manchurian Candidate" and described the movie to his listeners as a "thriller". After saying the word thriller, he would then spell the word slowly for the listener and then describe what the term means. He did this method of teaching English words and told the story of the movie in great detail. I thought this method of a lesson would be great for ESL leaners because it is engaging to the listener, new vocabulary learning occurs, and this use of podcasting is a great way to include a digital tool in the classroom. I also think it is interesting and great that this podcast can be accessed through the use of iTunes too. The use of podcasting is very interesting and important to be as a learner and a future ESL educator. I will most likely be using podcasting in my future classroom with ESL teaching!