36061-122228-1-SM.pdf - English Language Teaching Vol 7 No 5 2014 ISSN 1916-4742 E-ISSN 1916-4750 Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education

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English Language Teaching; Vol. 7, No. 5; 2014 ISSN 1916-4742 E-ISSN 1916-4750 Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education 128 Blended Learning as a Theoretical Framework for the Application of Podcasting Kuang-yun Ting 1 1 Department of Applied English, St. John’s University, Taiwan Correspondence: Kuang-yun Ting, Department of Applied English, St. John’s University, Taiwan. E-mail: [email protected] Received: February 24, 2014 Accepted: March 30, 2014 Online Published: April 14, 2014 doi:10.5539/elt.v7n5p128 URL: Abstract The use of podcasting has attracted the attention of teachers because it is content-rich and is of wide general interest. Users can listen to podcasts via the Internet or download them on to a portable music player. Some also offer video or animation to make the contents more interesting and easier to understand. Accordingly, podcasts that tend to focus on the use of vocabulary can be very effective in language learning. They help learners hear how to pronounce their words clearly and use them appropriately. In addition to the benefit of its multimodal facilities, the main advantage of podcasting lies in the variety and the control it provides. Many podcasts provide an authentic context including those which are vocationally orientated. In other words, learners can access podcasts linked to their field of study or interest. Therefore, this research project explores how podcasts in an ESL (English for specific purposes) environment can be used with foreign language learners. It then discusses learners’ perspectives of podcasts related to certain subjects. Finally, it proposes a number of suggestions for practical strategies and techniques for teaching English through podcasting. Keywords: podcasting, multimodal facilities, action research 1. Introduction Podcasting is a portmanteau word based on iPod and broadcasting and means the diffusion of audio via the Internet. It involves making digital recordings of radio programmes. A podcast is a radio programme or visual clip that is stored in a digital form. The methods for downloading podcasts are different from other downloading methods. For example, if users want to listen to a programme called “ 6 minute English ” from the BBC, they can access it regularly on-line for updates. Alternatively, they can subscribe so as to receive future episodes via their mp3 player when available. A tool called a pod-catcher such as iTunes, acts as an intermediary to download the updated programme. Users can download it to a portable device such as an iPod or mp3 player and listen to it later or watch it as many times as they want. Podcasting has grown exponentially since its introduction. Visual information including still images, animation or video placed on the Web is available as video podcasts.
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  • Fall '19
  • Language education, Second language acquisition, Teaching English as a foreign language

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