March 2008
Volume 11, Number 4

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Using Podcasts in the EFL Classroom

Anne Fox
Absolutely Intercultural


Talk-radio podcasts, such as Absolutely Intercultural, which are not overtly pedagogical, can be much more than passive, extended listening practice. This paper describes two examples in which teachers have used the Absolutely Intercultural podcast and discusses the different levels of involvement possible with podcasts from listening to producing and how these are based on our current understanding of what constitutes effective learning approaches. This is a step-by-step guide, centering on pedagogical rather than technical issues, about how to involve target language podcasts in EFL teaching.

Keywords: EFL, ESL, Web 2.0, podcasts, listening

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