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Dear ESL All subscribers from all around
Here's the February issue of our monthly
newsletter this time dealing with the use of podcasting to improve
your English learning.
What is podcasting?
Podcasting is a way of recording and publishing a non-music
audio broadcast (news, ESL lesson, discussion, etc.) via the
Internet mainly in the MP3 format for playback in a digital music
player). These non-music audio broadcasts are called “podcasts” and
users can automatically download them (usually mp3 files) onto
their computers and transfer these recordings automatically to
portable music players such as iPods or other portable MP3 players.
Users can also burn these files on blank CDs and listen to them
as they would with any other audio files such as songs. Students
of English can then listen to these files anytime and anywhere
they choose. What makes podcasting so interesting and so useful
is that it combines the advantages of variety, authenticity,
and portability. Not surprisingly, podcasting is getting increasingly
popular all around the world and the collections of useful educational
podcasts are growing at a very fast pace.
If you don’t have podcast software, you can try one
of these freewares:
Do not hesitate to send us your comments
or questions if you have any.
The ESL All Team
1-Yahoo Podcasts http://podcasts.yahoo.com/ Yahoo Podcasts:
Yahoo’s new podcast section. Here you will find the best collection
of educational and non-educational podcasts in English on a
wide range of subjects now available online. Learners can even
slow down the speed of a podcast file when using Yahoo’s online
podcast player. Not all podcasts have transcripts.
2-ESLpod.com http://www.eslpod.com/ ESLpod.com: An ESL site containing
over 135 podcasts to help improve your English by listening
to native speakers talk and discuss topics of interest
to you. You'll learn new idioms and expressions and learn
to use them the way native speakers do. Pronunciation is
very slow and clear, and a little unnatural. Each ESL Podcast
lasts 10-20 minutes. Includes: transcripts, slow dialogue,
explanations, and fast dialogue.
3- Voice of America
(VOA Simple English News) http://www.voanews.com/english/podcasts.cfm VOA Simple English
30-minute daily news and feature program in a simplified form
of American English, made easier for those learning the language.
Level: High beginner through advanced. Summary of the shows available
but no transcript. Click on “Special English” (last podcast link
on the page).
VOA also features the following podcasting programs:
Encounter, Issues in the News, Our World, Press Conference
USA, and Talk to America.
4- VeryVocabulary.com http://odeo.com/channel/13723/view VeryVocabulary.com:
ESL site containing over 60 podcasts dealing with English vocabulary
words podcasts (3 to 10 minutes). Great for students, foreigners,
or anyone looking to improve their vocabulary. For intermediate
students. Summary of the shows available but no transcript.
Idioms and Slang http://www.englishcaster.com/blogs/ EnglishIdioms and Slang: Short daily
podcast about slang and idioms study read in American English
for intermediate and advanced level learners. Includes transcripts.
6- The Bob and Rob Show http://englishcaster.com/bobrob/ Englishcaster.com: A weekly English
lessons from a Yankee and a Brit for all levels. They offer
useful English lessons for intermediate level learners. Summary
of the shows available but no transcript.
Teacher John.com http://www.englishteacherjohn.com/podcast/index.htm The English Teacher John Show: An easy-to-understand
English learning podcast that features: grammar, idioms, pronunciation,
various topics and more. Useful English lessons for intermediate
level learners. No transcript available.
Through Stories http://www.englishthroughstories.com/index.html English Through Stories: Listen to
a weekly fun, entertaining episode of a dramatic story (a soap
opera) in English but with explanations of the key words and
phrases. You will learn new idioms and expressions and how
to use them the way native speakers do. Podcast lasts about
10-20 minutes. Includes transcripts.
English with the Linguist http://blogs.thelinguist.com/ The Linguist: Podcasts
that help English learners become better English speakers through
making English learning better, faster, and more rewarding.
Trained tutors present short natural language conversations
- and transcripts are always available.
10- Podictionary.com http://podictionary.com/
Podictionary: A daily podcast for logophiles
(word lovers). You get a minute or two of discussion every
day on the history and etymology (origin) of familiar words.
Over 195 podcasts available. For advanced learners of English.