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I am a translator and interpreter for English, French and Spanish and an ESP/EFL teacher as well. I teach at the Social Communication School at the Central University of Venezuela. Currently, I am doing a master’s program in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, which has been helping me to improve and complete my expertise on the teaching of second languages. I have taught English and French for eleven years now and I have worked with students of all different ages, meeting their needs on areas such as speaking, reading, listening and writing. I also teach private sessions for professionals who need to learn or improve their language level. Nowadays, most of my students are doctors and engineers who want to develop their skills to keep updated with their fields. I also translate a variety of texts for individuals and companies which require the service.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

6. Audio and video tool: Podcasting

During this week, we learned how to create a podcast. This is a popular audio and video Web 2.0 tool available for every computer user. According to the Entrepreneur network encyclopedia, a podcast “is a pre-recorded audio program that is posted to a website and is made available for downloading so people can listen to them on personal computers or mobile devices”. As one can notice, podcasting is a new way of distribution of digital media files.
Podcast takes its name from Apple's popular iPod line of products and broadcast (iPOD broadCAST). Its creator, Adam Curry, used this term to refer to his audio files on the Internet in 2004. The good thing about podcasting is that it is not only limited to iPod owners and listeners, but it is available to any Internet user at any time by just downloading the audio or video archives into and Ipod or Mp3, Mp4 player. Podcasts were made available to people via a syndication format, that is, users install a media aggregator program in their computers, iTunes for instance, also called a "podcatcher", and the application captures the audio feeds from the Internet for downloading to the music player.
In our weekly ICT class this time, we had the opportunity to create podcasts using Audacity and as soon as we recorded it, we used a Podcast social subscribing site Podbean to publish our podcasts. It was a very interesting experience and I really had fun doing it.
Now I would like you to check out my audio welcome to this blog.

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Educational uses
The educational uses of podcasting are vast, especially to develop the speaking and spelling abilities. By creating podcasts, students could be more involved in their learning process and, moreover, they should feel more comfortable and even have more fun during the process because they deal with technology in every other aspect of their lives.
Just by googling the term ESL podcasting, it is amazing the amount of sites devoted to ESL learners. Check some of them!



  1. Great post, Beatriz! It's very useful. However, I have a question: when you say that podcasts are good for developing spelling abilities, what did you mean?

  2. MaFe I thought about certain activities in which you give them, for example, a list of words as homework and they spell them while recording, of course with one of these tools, and you as the teacher listen to it and give students feedbacks later on. This kind of exercises must be a lot of fun with kids. Let's get creative!