Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Day 6 - Maya Payne Smart's article

I really liked the idea of educating students to be creators rather than consumers and that the goal is not podcasting but communicating. As mentioned in the article, I think the students need to learn skills such as the ability to present their ideas orally and this is what we usually miss in L2 classes. In French Immersion program, the students often don't have enough time to practice and improve their speaking skills. however, when it comes to oral presentations, the students are fricked out and don't feel confident enough to speak spontaneously in front of the class. Podcasting is an excellent opportunity for the students to practice different skills, including speaking, presenting and the use of technology. Moreover, as mentioned in the article, it is an opportunity for listening to themselves. I'm not familiar with this activity and I'd really like to know more about it and learn how to manage this activity in my class.

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