As we said in class, listening to podcast is an easy way to be in contact with the English language. You can listen to them anywhere and as many times as you want to. You only need to download an app on your smartphone, find a podcast you find easy to follow and interesting, and press play.
You can use a computer to listen to podcasts, but the easiest way is using a portable device. Here are my recommendations:
I recommend you the NPR programme “Fresh Air“. Why don’t you give it a chance?
Podcasts are a useful tool to learn and practise your English comfortably from home, when driving or even when you are exercising. When looking for a podcast, I tend to visit both the BBC Learn English or the British Council websites, as they usually include supplementary materials together with their podcasts, being their quality is very high.
Today I would like to draw your attention to The English We Speak, a series of podcasts published by the BBC which are described as follows:
Make the English you speak sound more natural with The English We Speak from bbclearningenglish.com. Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme.
As said before, every episode offers an expression explained in context and with examples. Would you like to know what “no-win situation” or “keep me posted” mean? Well this is your podcast. This series does not include transcripts as the English spoken is them is very easy to follow, both for intermediate and advanced students.
As most of you know, you can listen to these podcasts from a computer, smartphone or tablet.
Who hasn’t got 3 minutes to practise some English?
I can promise you that writing a blog demands a lot of work, but if you add the creation and maintenance of wikis, sites, etc. All the time in the world is not enough.
Carlos Martín works as an English teacher at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Los Cristianos and is a pioneer in the use of web 2.0 in his teaching practice. Let’s take a look at the things he is using with his students right now:
Carlos’s English Corner: This is Carlos’ blog. It’s similar to our blog and he uses it to publish links, references to sites, etc.
My English Site: This is a site that Carlos Martín has created to share materials and interesting links with his students. I especially recommend you the section where he includes places you can find native speakers for a language exchange, it’s at the home page.
Shared items in Google Reader: In this site Carlos adds links to podcasts and activities he finds interesting for his students.
Now it’s the moment to visit Carlos Martín’s sites and leave the comment here with your opinion. See you!