Pod-Casting in Spanish Classroom: A New Content-Based Approach to Second Language Acquisition
Last year, the Department of Information Technology introduced pod-casting resources to the Assumption College campus, and I decided to represent the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures and participate in the pilot program to see how these new technologies could be applied within the context of a language program. In both the fall and spring semesters, I incorporated assignments in which students created pod casts into two courses per semester. In both semesters, one course consisted of an intermediate-level Spanish language course, and the other was an upper-level culture and civilization course centering on Latin American, also taught entirely in the target language. This presentation will discuss the results of this assignment and highlight the usefulness of this relatively new technology in the language classroom. This presentation will close with a more theoretical discussion of current methodologies for teaching in the foreign language classroom to see how pod-casting can be conceptually understood within the context of these pedagogical approaches.
Keywords: Pod Casts, Pod-Casting, Technology, Spanish, Language
Prof. Arlene Guerrero-Watanabe
Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Assumption College