Podcasts in four categories: Applications to language learning

Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov, Randall Sadler

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Language instructors often struggle to find useful and learner-friendly podcasts to supplement their language instruction. In an attempt to address this issue, we examined a number of podcasts for their applicability for use in teaching vocabulary and language. Based on this analysis, we identified four categories of podcasts that are useful for the learning process: 1) Discrete Category, 2) ESL-Focused, 3) General Audience, and 4) Superpodcasts. In this chapter, we discuss each category of podcast, providing several examples, and then we explore the strengths and weaknesses of each variety. Finally, we offer pedagogical suggestions to demonstrate ways in which language teachers can effectively use the podcasts to organize both in- and out-of-class language learning activities. As a supplement to the chapter, a wiki is also available that includes a number of podcasts covering a variety of languages: http://languagepodcasts.pbworks.com/.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademic Podcasting and Mobile Assisted Language Learning
Subtitle of host publicationApplications and Outcomes
Place of PublicationHershey
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781609601416
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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