Podcasting offers great opportunity as a tool for language learning, putting children in control and helping teachers monitor their progress.
A report on Apple's website looks at the use of podcasting in language teaching at ACS Egham International School.
“Learning a new language can be very frightening for a young child”, says Wendy Brandse, 2nd Grade Class Teacher at ACS Egham. “Making a podcast is something they can be successful at straight away. The child has control, and doesn’t feel exposed to the whole class, while the teacher can monitor more effectively how each child is doing”
The report is one of Apple's education-focused stories. The school in focus in this report is a Mac-based institution that teaches English as a foreign language to seven and eight year-old children.
The school has found that using podcasts as part of the teaching process has significantly boosted learning on the part of the pupils.