Podcasting Homework: This course will be integrated with podcasting assignments. Some will be produced by students and some by the instructor.
Faculty Podcasts: the professor will allow you to listen to conversations with native speakers (by listening to an audio file or by watching a video) for which you will then be asked to answer a series of questions. The listening comprehensions will be graded as part of your homework, following the same criteria of all other homework for the class. Some of the video podcasts will cover a range of topics that will include grammar, culture, and vocabulary. Some of the audio podcasts will target pronunciation and writing (dictations).
Students Podcasts: Each student can check out at The Learning Center (Sage Hall) a digital player at the beginning of the semester which must be returned during finals’ week. The instructor will go over the procedures and responsibilities of having MP3 players for this class. A copy of the mp3 checkout form can be found in Course Documents inside BB. Training will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. A dedicated ITT will be available throughout the semester to assist students with any questions regarding the technical -- as well as content -- aspect of the podcasts. Check availability inside BB, under Staff Information for ITT’s office hours. There are several benefits for integrating podcasts in a foreign language class:
- Students become active participants in the learning process (learn by doing)
- Students create language, i.e. spontaneous speech
- Students will build confidence in speaking the language in public (podcasts will be published publicly)
- Students can monitor their language progress (assessment)
- Collaborative production of podcasts strengthens student motivation and competency.
- Student will increase technical skills
- Students will improve speaking and listening skills
- Students will learn the language not in abstract but in a real-life context.
- Students will be able to use podcasts for their academic and professional endeavors outside of the scope of the language classroom.
*from Fall 2012 Syllabus