Friday, October 17, 2008

Podcasts

1. Ecoutez- This may be a bit obvious, but podcasts would be extremely helpful for foreign language students in listening exercises and practice. This would be teacher-generated, and students would have the chance to focus solely on listening without any other distractions.

2. Disez- Podcasts would be good for storytelling. This could be either student-generated or teacher-generated. Teachers can use podcasts for storytelling as students are reading text so that they can hear the pronunciation of words. Students can use podcasts for storytelling to practice their own ability to pronounce words.

3. Devoirs- Podcasts can be used for homework purposes. This would clearly be teacher-generated. Teachers could ask questions in the appropriate language, and have students write up answers to assess whether or not the students understood what was being asked.

4. Absence- If a teacher would know ahead of time of an absence the he/she will have, then he/she could create a lesson on the podcast so that the students have something to do and practice while the teacher is away. Plus, this would make it less stressful for substitute children.

5. Changez- Foreign languages can get repetitive in lesson format, especially for secondary education because they normally deal with grammar and vocabulary. This would be a change within the atmosphere, not to mention something that would keep students engaged. This would be teacher-generated.

3 comments:

Caitlin Scott said...

I really like the idea of podcasts being used for homework purposes, not only because kids will like having something different but because it's a new medium through which to learn. I think something that might make it even more interactive would be to have you and the students posing questions through a podcast. That way students could learn via each other as well as their teacher. The questions they ask could be ones that you pose, but it would give them a part in your lesson plan. Plus, it would be good practice for them to speak the foreign language.

You had such a great, practical idea when you posed making a lesson plan via podcast in case of a teacher absence. It would be a good way to keep students on task so they wouldn't be taking a "day off" from learning in your classroom. I didn't think of that before!

Scott Grapin said...

I really like the idea of using podcasts for storytelling in a secondary education foreign language class. When students are reading lengthy texts (short stories or excerpts of novels), it is extremely helpful to listen to the narration as a supplement to reading. There is so much more to a foreign language than understanding the words written on a page. By listening to the storytelling podcasts, students would be able to pick-up on the intonation and accent of the narrator, in addition to the pronunciation of specific words. Also, student-generated podcasts would allow the students to then practice these skills and perfect their speaking in a new and exciting way. Not often enough in foreign language classes do students have the opportunity to speak the target language and then hear themselves afterwards. This would be the perfect opportunity to listen to the recordings and constructively criticize.

Veronica Rivera said...

Meaghan,
I think that your idea of using podcasts for students who have missed out on class is great. I'm not sure how you would know which circumstances would require you making a podcast of the the class, or if you would make a podcast of the entire class period? Just an important lesson? Is creating an ongoing podcast a good idea (this is just me thinking now--on the lines of how much we should use a podcast for instruction).

I also liked your idea of using podcasts for homework listening comprehension activities. I think that this assignment would be very meaningful because students would be listening to the target language and using technology (always a good combination)