Genesis, Development, and Future of Two Exemplary Podcast Courses in a Higher Educational Institution: How MALL Can Assist ELLs

Genesis, Development, and Future of Two Exemplary Podcast Courses in a Higher Educational Institution: How MALL Can Assist ELLs

Jaime Selwood (Hiroshima University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3223-1.ch007

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the pedagogical and linguistic benefits that podcasting offers language learners in a world that is becoming increasingly centered around mobile technology. The huge growth in the number of mobile devices owned, the expansion of the mobile internet, and the development of cheaper ways to access online information offers both learners and instructors an ideal opportunity to access specifically prepared content whenever and wherever it is convenient for them to do so. Language learning should be much more than just acquiring knowledge in a traditional academic setting such as a classroom or within a tightly structured and controlled language course. Therefore, this chapter will conclude with a detailed analysis of how podcasting can empower learners to move away from traditional settings and attitudes to language acquisition by individualizing the learning process.
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Background: What Are Podcasts?

A podcast is, simply put, the result of mashing together two English words; ‘pod’, which comes the word iPod (Apple’s portable audio-player) and ‘cast’ which comes from broadcast. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a podcast is traditionally defined as: “A digital audio file of speech, music, broadcast material, etc., made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player; a series of such files, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically” (OED, 2016).

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