What is a podcast ? "
"A podcast is a series of digital media file (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication. " (Wikipedia) You can receive a podcast by subscribing to an RSS feed.
What tools do I need to make one ?
All you need is internet, a microphone, a computer or a digital player.
What is an RSS Feed ?
You can subscribe to your favorite website, blog, webcast server and receive their files as soon as they are posted by using the RSS feed.
Podcasting and Foreign Languages
Why is podcasting a good tool to use when teaching and learning a foreign languages ?
These are some of the advantages for students:
-Student become active participants in the learning process.
-Production of spontaneous speech
-Builds confidence in speaking the language in public
-increases motivation and interest of the subject matter
-raises the bar
-Students will be able to use podcasts for their academic and professional endeavors outside of the scope of the language classroom.
Click here for a directory of Italian Podcasts