In a previous post, I suggested some tasks for getting started with podcasting. Here, also from my recent session at our Conference, are a couple that are a little more complex…
Role play and podcasting make a great combination, and not everyone needs to be recording all the time
Particularly with adults, role playing the sort of situations that arise at work (job interviews, telephone calls, asking for a pay rise…) makes a great subject for podcasting — apart from anything else as they can then be played back for comments and an improved, language-enhanced second performance.
The feedback doesn't have to come from the teacher. What I find works well is to have people (C and D, above) in non-recording roles, possibly with a checklist (eg. the one in the yellow box, above) for peer feedback.
Again, as I've suggested previously, it's the rehearsal, the feedback and the repeat performance — not the actual recording — that really interests us as language teachers.
Getting creative with podcasting
We can get more creative with role play and podcasting by having learners storyboard four connected episodes that go together to make up a coherent story, as outlined above.
As well as any rehearsal, there are so many opportunities for language practice in storyboarding before anyone goes anywhere near a recording device. It goes without saying, of course, that such things need to be done in English for full advantage to be taken of them (which can sometimes be difficult when learners get excited about such things).
If such stories are being posted on a blog, a certain amount of "setting the scene" text will help keep the story coherent.
In the next and final post in this series, I'll look at a couple of ideas for a regular podcasting program.