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Podcasting for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Rashid A. Moore Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA www.nova.edu. Questions for the audience. How many of you like to speak another language? Listen to another langauge? Sing in another language?
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Podcasting for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Rashid A. Moore Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA www.nova.edu
Questions for the audience • How many of you like to speak another language? Listen to another langauge? Sing in another language? • How many of you would like others to hear you and your students? • How many of you are media stars in Ecuador? In the world?
Would you like to reach the world? • You have in your hands today the possibility of sharing your students’ and your creativity with the world, as well as enjoying the creativity of the world
Another question • Do you have to be a powerful media corporation president, or be on Ecuadorian radio or television, to have access to the world?
No! • All you need is to explore the world of podcasting to have experiences that even media superstars in Ecuador do not have! • Are you ready to explore?
What is a podcast? • A podcast is an audio or video file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using distribution or syndication, for playback on MP3 players and computers.
What is podcasting? • Podcasting is distributing, or syndicating, the audio and video files from a website • Basically, that means you and your students have the power to create and broadcast worldwide when you have a podcasting account
Do I have to have a lot of skills to podcast? • Not anymore. Many podcast websites offer accounts that do much of the work for you. • As long as you have a computer, a computer headset, and Internet connection, and a podcasting account, you can start right away!
Do podcasting accounts cost a lot of money? • No! You can get a FREE podcasting accounts at a number of places, like Podomatic • http://www.podomatic.com
Why podcasting and EFL? It’s authentic listening • Podcasts offer language teachers and students a wide range of possibilities for extra listening both inside and outside of the classroom, not just to the teacher or each other.
Why podcasting and EFL?Different discussions, voices and themes • They can provoke interesting discussions • They can bring a range of different voices and varieties of English into the classroom • The Bob and Rob Show offers "weekly English lessons from a Yankee and a Brit." • They can be selected because their of their themes ties into the curriculum. • Stanley, G. (2006). Podcasting: Audio on the Internet comes of age. http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej36/int.html.
Finding podcasts by theme • Use one of the many podcast directories, such as these popular ones: • Podcast Alley • http://www.podcastalley.com/ • Podcast Pickle • http://www.podcastpickle.com/ • Stanley, G. (2006). Podcasting: Audio on the Internet comes of age. http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej36/int.html
Why podcasting and EFL?Script and audio connection • Many podcasts come with a transcript of what is said during them • EFL students can make greater connections between spoken English and written English • EFL students can generate their own scripts if one is not available • EFL students can create their own scripts for their own podcasts
Podcasts for lower proficiency levels • Voice of America • http://www.voanews.com/english/podcasts.cfm • Englishcaster • http://www.englishcaster.com/ • Internet TESL Journal • http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Listening/Podcasts/
Popular EFL Podcasts • Jeff McQuillan's ESL Podcast http://www.eslpod.com/ is one of the most popular podcasts of any genre, having a very large audience • Another popular podcast for EFL is Robert Diem's English Idioms and Slang podcast http://www.englishcaster.com/idioms/ . • Stanley, G. (2006). Podcasting: Audio on the Internet comes of age. http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej36/int.html
Popular EFL Podcasts • The Bob and Rob Showhttp://englishcaster.com/bobrob/ is also well produced and entertaining as well as being educational, and features "weekly English lessons from a Yankee and a Brit". • Charles Kelly's Learn a Songhttp://www.manythings.org/songs/ is a podcast appropriate for low level learners • Stanley, G. (2006). Podcasting: Audio on the Internet comes of age. http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej36/int.html
PodCards? • PodCards are audio postcards that you can download to your iPod, your mp3 player or to your computer. You can also burn the files to CD to use in class, at home, in the car - wherever you want. • They contain information about a particular town or city from different countries around the world or biographies of famous people, inventions, films or events that make these places famous. • http://www.eslpodcards.com
Can I make a podcast? All you need is: • a computer • a computer headset • an Internet connection • a free podcasting account • free Audacity software (recommended)
A sample podcast site • A sample homemade podcast site • www.rushmoore.podomatic.com
Once you have learned the basics, it is time for Audacity • In order to have even better quality podcasts, it is a good idea to use a free computer program called Audacity • http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Some of Audacity's features • Importing and exporting WAV and MP3 (via the LAME MP3 Encoder), and other file formats • Recording and playing sounds • Editing via Cut, Copy, Paste (with unlimited Undo) • Eliminate noise • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity#Features
Posibilidades de uso Grabar sonido en directo. • Convertir casettes y grabaciones analógicas en grabaciones digitales. • Editar archivos de audio tipo MP3 & WAV (con el codificador LAME MP3). • Permite, mediante su interfaz gráfica cortar, copiar, pegar y mezclar sonidos. Puede trabajar con múltiples pistas. • Eliminar ruidos • http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity
From simple to multiple track • Vision Andina • made with Podomatic recorder (1st) • The Living Statue of the Alameda • made with Podomatic recorder (last one) • Ni Una Sola Palabra, Pero Muchas Liricas Cantadas • Made with Audacity and music mp3 • Say It Dad! • Made with Audacity and music mp3
Let’s make a podcast • obtain free podcast account at www.podomatic.com • find and use a computer headset with microphone • search for a text to record, or create your own text to record • record your podcast • post your podcast for the world!
Let’s create a podcast today! • In a small group, create a text or script that would take between 1-2 minutes to read. (If possible, find a text on the Internet) • Take turns recording your podcast. • Convert your podcast into an mp3 file • Send to podomatic account
Thank you for your attention! This presentation can be obtained from: www.nova.edu/~mrashid Click on the poster for the Guayaquil conference