My Podcast Project

My Podcast Project Plan
Increase Your English Skills by Studying Aesop’s Fables
Main objectives:
1. Listening Practice
2. Vocabulary Acquisition
3. Understand/Discuss Universal Stories
Items 1-2 for Beginning-high to Intermediate-high. Items 1-3 Intermediate and above.
Class type:
Individual, internet based.
Beside acquiring the skills above, students will develop initiative; they will decide what stories are interesting to them via on-line feedback.
Activity focus:
5 minute podcast that includes narrator commentary
Computer, speakers
Sample Lesson:
1. The text to the story (see below) will be displayed on the podcast site along with the podcast. A podcast will perform the reading (perhaps once, maybe twice, read slow and then medium-fast.) 2. The narrator will comment on the story explaining various sentences, e.g. explain what “dropping pebbles into the pitcher” means. 3. The moral of the story will be explained, then questions for the listener will be elicited (e.g. “Do you have this story in your native culture, and how is it told?” “Do you have a similar story you would like to share?” etc. 4. This process is meant to be interactive with readers leaving written comments; perhaps later they can record comments.

This is a sample story:

A thirsty Crow found a Pitcher with some water in it, but so little was there that, try as she might, she could not reach it with her beak, and it seemed as though she would die of thirst within sight of the remedy. At last she hit upon a clever plan. She began dropping pebbles into the Pitcher, and with each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it reached the brim, and the knowing bird was enabled to quench her thirst.
Necessity is the mother of invention”

The podcasts for these stories will commence on February 15th and the plan is to have one story per week.

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