Podcasting and Language Learning

Podcasting and Language Learning

Mehrak Rahimi (Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch467
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Web 2.0 marks a significant shift from read-only applications of Web 1.0 to content sharing ‘social software’ that enables communication, collaboration, and interaction among Internet users. Web 2.0 is “a platform for simple, lightweight services that leverage social interactions for communication, collaboration, and creating, remixing and sharing content” (Becta, 2008). Students use Web 2.0 to create and recreate the content with a do-it-yourself and open source approach (Lorenzo, Oblinger, & Dziuban, 2007). They often take the existing material, change it with their own words (by adding or deleting), and then republish it. The activities associated with Web 2.0 realize four human dispositions including (Crook, 2008, pp. 7-8)

  • Socializing the Playful: Games and virtual worlds;

  • Socializing the Expressive: Media design, sharing, and publication;

  • Socializing the Reflective: Blogs, social networks, and wikis; and

  • Socializing the Exploratory: Syndication, recommenders, and folksonomies.

There are strong links between Web 2.0 and socio-cultural theories of learning (Selwyn, 2008) which emphasize the dynamic nature of the interplay between teachers, learners, tasks, and contexts (Williams & Burden, 1997). In this framework we see “active and authentic learning taking place best where knowledge can be constructed actively by learners who are supported in communal social settings” (Selwyn, 2008, p. 10).

Key Terms in this Chapter

Mobile Learning: Mobile learning can be defined as “any educational provision where the sole or dominant technologies are handheld or palmtop devices” ( Traxler, 2005 ).

English as a Foreign Language (EFL): It refers to teaching and learning of English in a setting in which English is neither widely used for communication among the nation, nor is it used as the medium of instruction.

Web 2.0: Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of websites that let users collaborate and share data online interactively.

Podcast: Podcasts are audio files commonly in mp3 format that can be played by a number of portable media players such as laptops, tablets, and cellphones.

Educational Podcasts: Podcasts that are used for teaching and learning purposes are called educational podcasts.

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