Title: The 001 Weekly Podcast
Main Objective:to model the grammar the students have been learning
Class type: Higher Education (18-32 years); Intensive English Program on an American university campus
Activity focus: Grammar, listening, reading
Time: About 5 minutes per podcast
Materials: Class blog, camera, Skype and mp3 Skype recorder, Audacity, Podomatic
- Decide on a grammar focus.
- Decide what the podcast will be about and what preparation I will need to do.
- Prepare as necessary (e.g., line up people to interview, take photographs and upload to the computer)
- Record the podcast.
- Edit the podcast in Audacity and add a musical beginning and end.
- Embed the podcast in the class blog (Friday or Saturday).
Project log and artifacts:
I already have a class blog for my beginning level reading/writing/grammar class at the Maryland English Institute (Intensive English Program at the University of Maryland College Park, USA). I post almost daily, mostly YouTube videos of grammar lessons or songs using the grammar we studied that day. I plan to add a weekly podcast highlighting the grammar we studied. For example, this week, we studied the simple present tense. The students have a writing assignment to describe a typical day in their life. I plan to interview someone about their daily routine. They will speak, and I can ask questions, in the simple present. The challenge is to find someone to interview!
Elizabeth Anne, a webhead living in Grenoble, France, kindly agreed to my request for an interview. Here is the result:
This week's grammar focus is speaking about the present (including there is/are, prepositions of place, and want/would like), and next week we will travel to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where the assignment will be to describe a painting. With these things in mind, my podcast is a description of my living/dining room:
After our field trip to the National Gallery, I interviewed one of the students, Meshari Alkhuzaee. First, I wrote my side of the interview and sent the questions to Meshari. He answered them in writing. I corrected his errors and added a new question, which he answered. I sent him the finished script and suggested that he practice reading his responses. When I Skyped him, we practiced the entire interview once, and I gave him some feedback on his pronunciation. Then we recorded it in one shot. The result can be heard here.
I missed a week (but posted several screencasts made with Jing, including this one, which was my first screencast using Word), but today I created a new episode, Talking About Food, to review count and noncount nouns and some of the words we use with them, like articles, much, many, a few, a little, a lot of, some, and any:
You can also listen and read the script on the class blog here.