• through a variety of activities
and internet resources
listening/speaking designed to increase
and competence and confidence in
reading/writing these areas
• Such as Digital technology
(PPT, video, audio)
Enhance technical • Such as Web 2.0 tools
(blogs, podcast, etc)
• Skills needed to complete
language learning tasks
Audio Recording & Editing : Audacity, Goldwave
Video Recording & Editing: Digital Camera, Windows
Audio Visual Presentation: PowerPoint, Graphics,
social networking: wikis, communication
tools, and folksonomies (based in people‟s
personal content) that emphasize online
collaboration and sharing among users
User-generated content on the web
Lets groups of people create, interact and
edit information on the web in new ways.
In 2005, the editors of the New Oxford
American Dictionary declared “podcasting”
the word of the year, defining the term as “a
digital recording of a radio broadcast or
similar program, made available on the
Internet for downloading to a personal audio
User-created media content, usually audio or
Can be accessed or downloaded at any time
and is made available on-demand to the
When we create podcasts we are in fact
creating and posting an audio file to the
You don‟t need an Ipod to listen to podcasts
Encourages creativity and collaboration
Enhances effective communication skills
Enhances students‟ oral and writing skills
Engages students in their learning
Gives students a voice
Students work in groups (5 in a group)
Create a podcast show about the assigned topic
Research and read about the topic
Decide on a podcast format [audio/video]
Pattern program based on a radio or TV talk show
Build a good storyline that will catch the audience‟s attention
Write a script
Present the Issue
Discuss and offer solutions
Producing the show
Visuals (for video)
The theme of the show
Script writing (editing & revising drafts)
The audience the show is aimed towards:
students, general public
Deciding on sound effects and music
Commercial breaks (if any)
Choosing simple tools, necessary
components, software, hardware to get you
create and produce podcasts
Present and evaluate their own work
Listen/watch podcast presentations
Provide feedback based on the quality of podcast
Answer questions about the text/topic
Taking Care of Your Parents
Transportation in Kaohsiung
Friends & Lovers
Long Distance (international) Relationships
Taiwan‟s News Media (Quality of News Reporting)
Taiwan‟s TV Programs: Educational or Purely Garbage
Students work in groups
Research about the topic
Set a storyline, length of podcast (10-15 min)
Decide on type of podcast: Audio/Video
Write the script
Submit script draft for corrections
SAMPLE OF RADIO
PODCAST USED IN MOCK
CLASS RADIO TV
Message lost in
Traffic & Transportation in Kaohsiung
Linda : Joyce : Vincent:
Reporter #1 Host Reporter #2
Script Idea Script Idea Talk Show Idea
Video Director #2 Scenario / script Venue Arranger
Vivian: Seiko : Irwandi :
Cameraman Guest #1 Guest #2
Video Director #1 Script Idea Photo Editor
Photographer Scenario / script Video & Audio Editor
writer #2 Script Idea
Students learn how to ask and answer questions similar to talk
Students go on location to film their video and
record their dialogues or mini-documentary
Taking care of
Students learn how to use current events to support
their arguments and discussions
What is the main message of Group 9's podcast topic?
Did their show provide solutions to the problem? What are the
Comment on the group's podcast.
3.1 What can you say about the quality of recording?
Was the voice of the hosts/guests/characters loud and clear?
Was there any background noise that made it difficult to understand what
was being said?
Was the pacing (speed) of the delivery (oral delivery made by the
hosts/guests/characters) too slow or too fast?
3.2 Was there any sound effects or background music used? Was it
effective? In what way?
3.3 Was there anything that you like about their show? What is it and
3.4 Was there anything that you didn't like about their show? What is it
3.5 If Group 9 is given the chance to do another presentation, what
would you suggest members of Group 9 to do to make their
4. 1 Search the Internet and look for the
meaning of 'yellow journalism'
- What is the definition of 'yellow journalism'?
4.2 Would you characterize Taiwan's news
reporting as a form of 'yellow journalism'?
- If so, why do you say so? Give an example of a
sensationalized news report that has been the
focus of attention by the Taiwanese media (it
could be an old report that was sensationalized)
- Include references (websites) where you got the
Blog entries for podcast shows comments are for the student-
viewers. You don't have to write a blog entry for your own
group podcast, instead you will write a self-evaluation.
When you write a self-evaluation, think of the strengths
and weaknesses of your podcast presentation. Begin by
writing what the good points are, and then work your way
to discussing what aspect/s of your presentation should be
changed (if there are any).
Assess whether you, as an individual member, contributed
your skills and knowledge to the group, or do you think you
could have done more? If so, what was it?
What did you learn in the process of producing your
What language skills and content/technical skills do you
think were enhanced in producing this project?
Did they submit a script draft prior to
Did they make the necessary edits/changes on
the script prior to audio/video recording?
Were jobs & responsibilities equally divided
Was the recording done indoor or on-location?
Was the audio/video editing neatly done or
were there any rough edges on the overall
quality of the podcast?
COMMENT on the overall CREATIVITY of the
Being an ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE
Answered all the questions provided for blog
Thoughtful and in-depth remarks
Written language accuracy
New words/vocabulary used in the podcasts
were carried on and re-used in blog entry to
enhance vocabulary power
Paragraph/short opinion-essay writing style
Blog entry encourages readers to read or visit
getting ideas, beginning to plan
Final Evaluation prewriting
share Publishing drafting drafts
Proofreading, from peers or the
• aiding Ss in the actual process of writing
• finding the source of their problems in creating good written texts
• enabling them to overcome those difficulties
Read the news article 'DNA 'backs Austrian incent claim'
(see Yahoogroup's Links are for URL links)
Write a 5-paragraph persuasive essay.
First paragraph = Introduction
Second paragraph = Reason 1
Third Paragraph = Reason 2
Fourth Paragraph = Refute (argue against) the opposing point of view
Fifth Paragraph = Conclusion
Essay Guide Questions: Josef Fritzl is temporarily in prison for a crime he
committed. He is being charged for sexually abusing his daughter, Elizabeth, and
for having fathered 6 of his children (1 child died during infancy). His lawyer
states that Fritzl is suffering from psychiatric problems which made him do these
heinous acts. Should Fritzl then go to a psychiatric hospital or prison? If you
were to judge his crimes, what sort of punishment would you give him? Would
you send Fritzl to a psychiatric hospital for treatment, send him to jail for the
rest of his life (Life imprisonment), or should he get capital punishment?
Deadline of first draft
Submission guidelines: Upload your first draft to Google documents,
and put the URL of your document in the links area of the Yahoogroup (see Fritzl
Meeting task requirements
Length/number of paragraphs
Answers to guide questions
Understanding of the topic
Is the essay „off topic‟?
Does it make sense?
Can the reader follow the flow of contents
Style (active/passive voice, etc.)
Issue: Does tourism help or hurt the
Task: Write a 3-paragraph opinion essay
Paragraph 1= Introduction
Paragraph 2= Body (Reasons & Support
Paragraph 3= Conclusion
The writer talked about Mount Ali where he has spent his
winter vacation. He prove that tourism brings many
benefits to Mount Ali. Unfortunately, I only could figure out
one from two reason which is provided by the writer.
It's better for you to make the outline in purpose to keep
it focus on the topic. For instance, the writer should be
reduce the explanation about what Mount Ali is. Then, on
the 2nd paragraph I found this sentence quot; In
conclusion, not only does tourism benefit Alishan district
with its prosperity, but is also helps the area shorten the
“huge gap” with modern societies.quot; which I did not
understand why the writer put this sentence in the body
My suggestion is read again your essay twice or three
times, and keep focus on the topic.
Iwas quite shocked when I saw my article on
the screen. I feel very happy and proud
because you put my article in it. Thank you
Thanks so much Aiden, you have chosen my
writing and put it on the Ezine. It is so
awesome. Thanks a million. It so amazing.
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