Over the next 45 min we will be: reviewing what is podcasting, how can it be used in the ESL classroom. What benefits are there? And finally, we will record a short episode together. Throughout the session there will be questions posted and time for you to chat with your neighbor, ok.
Go to Google play or itunes to download the app – ANCHORFM. It is free. We will be using this later in the presentation when we actually create our own podcast together. So sometime in the next 20min or so, download this app – of course you can just watch if you would rather not download.
Any podcast NEWBEES in the room? Ok, this next slide is for you.
less privacy issues. No need to comb your hair. less intimidating. has a presentation element. is about sharing. can be private to invited guests. full story not needed each time. can be a segment. music usually included some where, anyone in the class a musician? Can teach about copyright repeat and imitate dialogue. easy to study. niche. find something different and interesting. more to look through. harder to find quality. Can be recorded with a smart phone and uploaded directly by phone. Free platforms available. CLICK on stats page – just go through the first few facts.
Link to Burst and Bloom Podcast. Explain how this is my podcast. What it is about and how it started. What format I am using. Shoe string budget, no planning, learning as I go along. Vs. Feist’s podcast – lots of $$$ available. Professional production with a team of editors etc. Paid to make and plan this podcast.
Because of the casual tone of podcasts, the contemporary topics, or both, students have the feeling of participating in a conversation rather than having adults reading or talking at them. Students feel like they’re doing something special, new, and fresh — which is inherently exciting.
Bloom’s taxonomy – this diagram does a great job of explaining the benefits and uses of Podcasting in the classroom. (read boxes beside triangle. Ask the group about ‘apply’ If Create is to create your own podcast, how could you use apply in the classroom?
I didn’t ask them to find ESL websites, although some only pointed to ESL podcasts. I only asked a handful of students – but you could work with your whole class.
FIND OUT the interests of your students: Hobbies, passions, businesses, curiosity, connection PODCAST choice doesn’t have to be ESL learning! They will tell you which podcasts they like and prefer. Assign them this research at the beginning of the semester and see what they come up with. I asked my students a list of questions. Learn how to research and expose them on different categories that are possible.
Podcasts in the esl classroom 3
PODCASTS IN THE ESL
They are great in any classroom, for any level and age of learner
Download this App to use later in the presentation
A Podcast is NOT:
Video → those are vodcasts, or vlogs
Private → shared with the public
Singular → series, think episodes
Music → focus is voice
Live → can be downloaded, replayed and saved
Restricted → open to all subjects and methods, and to
Fancy, complicated equipment not needed
A couple of very different podcasts
Pleasure Studies Podcast
Burst and Bloom Podcast
Have you used Podcasts in the
classroom yet? If so, how?
Talk to your neighbours. (3min)
LISTENING TO PODCASTS
• Smartphone. Language Lab.
• Quizizz for SERIAL podcast
• Discussion area – online or in
• Last podcast listened to
• What did you like or not like about it
Research Project for Students
1. Find a podcast that is under 7min
1. 6 MINUTE VOCABULARY
3. Scientific American podcast
2. Fine one where they use slower speed speech
Voa – learning English
English Naked and Raw Radio
Research Project for Students
1. Podcasts with transcripts
1. Better at English
2. Down to Business English
3. 99% Invisible
2. Find one that you would like to imitate if you were going to make a podcast
1. Rachel’s English
3. Find one that is funny, inspiring or motivating
Making a Podcast
Types of podcasts:
Weekly classroom news broadcast
Document a field trip
Record a class discussion
Share book reviews
Review curricular content
Student created podcast episode
Here are popular ways to use podcasts in your
Audio Tours: Students record school tours, acting as the tour guide so newcomers can explore the school through the
eyes of a peer.
Celebrate Culture: Students podcast about important cultural events and share these with parents, the school, or the
community around them.
Current Events Newscasts: Students deliver weekly or monthly podcasts on interesting current events.
Debates: Hold a class debate. Record it in audio and have other students listen and weigh in.
Guest speakers: Make podcasts of class guest speakers to share with absent students or future classes. This can be
stored in the podcast library (mentioned below).
Interviews: Have students interview each other as well as teachers and administrators about important school-wide
events such as a sports competition or an award ceremony.
Musical Podcasts: Have band or orchestra students create podcasts for each instrument, detailing its specific sounds and
Podcast Library: Curate the varied student-created podcasts into a library of podcasts for present and future students.
Publish Presentations: Instead of writing a book report or acting out a play, students record the presentation as a
podcast, using only their voice to communicate ideas and build excitement.
Radio Show: Students make short radio broadcasts summarizing the books they are reading.
Roving Reporters: Send students out into the “Field” (read that: the school campus) to interview key players in important
Let’s make a podcast!
Open your newly downloaded App
All instructions can be found here
1. Hi, my name is ______________
2. When I think about the travelling I
have done, the one place I would like
to return to is ______________ because