Learning Beyond the Classroom: Language Podcast as Supplementary Learning Material

By Seo Won Chi and Wai Meng Chan.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Language teaching methodologies and approaches have been galvanized by the development and use of computer and other electronic media. Podcasting is one popular medium which has been drawing increasing attention from educators in foreign language teaching. Since it is a relatively new medium, there are still vast areas to be explored by educational research such as methodological approaches to language podcast design as well as learners’ needs, preferences, attitudes and motivation in podcast-based learning. Since 2007, the National University of Singapore has been active in developing and delivering podcasts to students of different foreign languages to supplement classroom instruction. Parallel to such developmental efforts, research has also been conducted to elicit much-needed empirical data to analyse students’ podcast access and usage patterns as well as their perceptions of the podcasts’ quality and usefulness. This paper focuses on a podcast project conducted from January to April 2010 for Korean language beginners. It will provide an account of the podcast’s design and contents, and students’ access and usage. Students’ quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the podcast’s design and contents will also be presented. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for the design and development of future language learning podcasts as well as further research.

Keywords: Podcast, Mobile Learning, Independent Learning, Korean Language Learning

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.21-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 919.408KB).

Seo Won Chi

Lecturer, Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Seo Won Chi received her M.A. degree in Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language from Kyung Hee University. Her research interests are in the study of errors made by Korean language learners in their essays or compositions, and in materials development. She is currently focusing on research into the learning motivation of Korean language learners in Singapore and the application of podcasting technology to foreign language learning. She has published several articles on these and other topics.

Dr. Wai Meng Chan

Associate Professor, Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Wai Meng Chan received his M.A. and Dr. phil. degrees in German Language and Literature from the German Universities of Würzburg and Kassel respectively. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Language Studies at the National University of Singapore. His research currently focuses on learner autonomy, metacognition and the application of new technologies in language learning, especially podcast-based language learning. He has published a book, three edited books as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles in these fields. He is also Editor of the peer reviewed Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, e-FLT, available online at http://e-flt.nus.edu.sg.