Monday, October 27, 2008

ESL Podcasting

I have decided to use podcasting in a new way in my classroom. I've been struggling with how to get students to explain their ideas in writing. They are good as using verbal cues to 'say' what they mean, but it doesn't seem to translate in their writing. So I will be using podcasting to help me. Students will first respond to a prompt (the kind they see on tests) in writing. Then they will explain what they mean in words, on a podcast. Then they will compare the two and decide where their written answer lacks sufficient evidence compared to their verbal answer.

Has anyone tried this with writing and responding to literature? Any tips or suggestions? I'll let you know how it goes!

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