In the audio, above, something that was recording during my podcasting session at the recent IH Barcelona ELT Conference.
The task, really designed for low level young learners involves a series of 6 or more people each picking up on what the last person said. For example:
- My name's Pablo, and I like tigers…
- Tigers go "Grrrrrr!" My name is Maria and I like cows.
- Cows go "Moooo!". My name's Belen and I like birds.
We then get back to the first person (Pablo, in the example, above) who finishes by picking up on the animal the last person mentions. Applause optional if they do it quickly and faultlessly!
In the session, under pressure of time, what we didn't do is rehearse this one sufficiently, as you will hear in the recording.
Rehearsal is important for a number of reasons:
- The more we rehearse, the better the performance will be
- The more we rehearse, the fewer recordings we have to make (and the language practice and learning is in the rehearsal, not the recording)
- The better the performance, the less need to edit the recording
One of the great things about podcasting with learners is that they will happily repeat tasks (brilliant for language learning!) because they want it to be as good as possible (also brilliant!).
Although above I've suggested the task for children, in fact I've tried the same task with adults. The language required for the task may be way below their level but if we appoint a learner to direct, we can get a lot more language out of it
The task is a good one for overcoming the potential embarrassment about hearing one's own voice — something you may well have to overcome when you start podcasting with a class.