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The use of podcasts to integrate language and culture in L2 teaching Claudia Fernández DePaul University CLAC Conference Thursday, October 16, 2008
What is a podcast? It is similar to a syndicated radio program, but distributed over the internet. It consists of an audio or video file (usually an MP3) downloadable to a computer and listened on an iPod or any other MP3 player. Users can subscribe to get the podcast programs automatically delivered to their computer each time a new episode appears.
What do podcasts offer to L2 learning? Potentially unlimited audio language exposure outside of class Hundreds of hours of comprehensible input Comprehensible, interesting material that can be listened for its own interest Listening material that is culturally relevant and accurate Podcasts are a way to provide a connection to the target culture
The project Spanish Podcast on Demand (SPOD) Objectives: To provide students with extra language exposure where they could review and expand not only the language learned in class but also the cultural topics addressed. To break away from the traditional, discrete point-focused, skill building listening activities, often dull and unsuccessful. To provide interesting material that can be listened for its own interest while being exposed to Spanish.
The project 17 podcasts for basic Spanish One academic year Students’ survey at the end of each quarter on topic appeal and perceived usefulness to learn Spanish
An example of a podcast for beginning students of Spanish Format of each episode: Greetings Introduction to the topic Main text (short dialogue, narration, or description) read at a slower than normal rate Expansion and explanation of the phrases and ideas included in the text (in English) Text (read at a more normal rate) Good-bye
Results The podcasts that were perceived as most interesting were the ones that addressed cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.
How to produce a (culturally rich) podcast Choose a cultural topic or theme. Decide on the genre: narration, description, dialogue, biography, etc. Design the format of your podcast Write the script Record (Garageband, Audacity) Edit Post it (iTunes, a website, Blackboard, etc.)
Assessment In the podcast itself In quizzes
Cultural topics for podcast production Cultural aspects of everyday life: soccer games, maids in the Hispanic world, going shopping in a market (el pilón), posadas, “la cuesta de enero”, going out drinking, lunch in the Hispanic world, time concepts, doing business, university life Important passages in history Important celebrations, religious celebrations
Cultural topics for podcast production Recipes, local cuisines Biographies Current events Linguistic colloquial expressions Art and literature: virtual museums, poetry/short stories
Conclusions Podcasts are the ideal tools to promote second language acquisition and awareness of the target culture. The probabilities for being used are high because they are short, interesting, accessible, and portable. Podcasts are ideal tools to supplement textbooks and to make our courses to fit our needs better.