, Vol. 34, No. 2, Winter 2006 © The Chinese University of Hong Kong 2007
Developing Students’ Listeningand Speaking Skills Through ELT Podcasts
Paul Man-Man SZE
Department of Curriculum and Instruction,The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Since 2005, there have seen rapid advances in podcasting, a newtechnology for broadcasting audio programs on the Internet. Podcastingwas originally for conveying information and entertainment. But sooneducators saw the huge potential it has for teaching and learning. Manywriters have pointed out the huge benefits that podcasting can offer language education, especially with regard to developing learners’listening and speaking skills. This article deals with the application of podcasting in teaching English as a second/foreign language. It beginswith a brief introduction to podcasting. The article will then proceed tothe ELT (English Language Teaching) podcasting proper. This willcover: (a) how to locate ELT podcasts, (b) the content of ELT podcastson the Web and how to use such resources for improving learners’listening skills, and (c) the educational benefits of teacher podcasts and student podcasts. The last part of the article will suggest suitablespeaking activities for student podcasts. Radio drama and ELT rap, twokinds of oral language arts activities which are deemed particularlysuitable for Hong Kong’s secondary schools, will be explained.
Since 2005, there have seen rapid advances in podcasting, a newtechnology for broadcasting audio programs on the Internet (Selingo,2006). As the title of a journal article published in November 2005shows, “blogging is so last year, now podcasting is hot” (Balas, 2005).Podcasting was originally for conveying information and entertainment.Soon, however, educators saw the huge potential it has for teaching and