Podcasting Student Performances to Develop EFL Skills

Student-Generated Content
Author Information
Steve McCarty
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Osaka Jogakuin College, Japan
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Podcasting student performances is a form of student-generated content which can be an effective way to motivate English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students to develop language skills.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Student performances can be an effective form of student-generated content when applied to such performances as public events, school contests, or in-class presentations. Podcasting performances of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students becomes a form of student-generated content which creates both immediate and lasting value. As Professor Steve McCarty of Osaka Jogakuin College in Japan notes, "In EFL, content creation also makes [students] part of the target language community, not just passive recipients or spectators of a foreign culture, which benefits their motivation and development of a bilingual identity." In one example in 2005, Japanese and Chinese students taking an intensive course on translation at Matsuyama Shinonome College performed a round table discussion that was recorded as a podcast. The students discussed five proverbs: 1) Actions speak louder than words, 2) Advice when most needed is least heeded, 3) Look before you leap, 4) Penny wise, pound foolish, and 5) Ignorance is bliss, in the process exploring the question of whether there was a similar way of thinking in the three cultures. The two Chinese and two Japanese students explained each proverb in English as well as in their native language, and McCarty believes that this may have been one of the first multilingual podcasts. The podcast is available on McCarty’s Japancasting blog (see link below).

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

The podcast itself (see link below) illustrates language performance practice in a public setting. Students at Osaka Jogakuin College performed podcasts of their own presentations in different campus contests or played roles in McCarty's presentations, expressing excitement at hearing their voices on the Internet, though they remain anonymous. The podcasts have been accepted by edu-cast: The Higher Education Podcast Repository, adding to the sense of accomplishment along with their usefulness as freely shared linguistic and cultural learning objects. For related journal articles on podcasting and coursecasting a whole semester, see McCarty's online library at [1].

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Effective Practice Contact: 
Steve McCarty, Professor
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