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Digital Storytelling using podcasts
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be sharing their travel anecdotes through podcasts. Every student will be providing a photo and an audio recording to be incorporated into The results can be shared with limited or wider communities online.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of discoveries lexis in the context of travel

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a personal journaling vlogging style


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher displays on the screen the photo reminiscent of the anecdote to be told. S/he elicits meaning and asks CCQs (concept checking questions) to set the context.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Once the framework is clear to learners, the instructor plays the vodcast (video podcast) for more exposure to the lexis to be used.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher highlights the use of specific vocabulary and clarifies meaning when necessary. S/he can enable the whiteboard and annotate important vocabulary to retain and to be used to practice the target language.

Semi-Controlled Practice: Discussion (Peer feedback) (8-10 minutes) • To check the understanding of the task and personalize the learning experience

If the lesson is conducted in a virtual context, the teacher can divide and allocate students in breakout rooms to allow learners to share their stories and exchange peer feedback. As a flipped classroom task, the teacher should ask students in advance to select a photo they took within the same context. If the lesson is to be taught face to face, students will work in pairs to discuss their ideas. They can use their smartphones or laptops to post their thoughts on padlet. They may annotate, comment and rate their classmates' stories.

Demonstration (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Following the discussion, the teacher demonstrates how to create and publish a podcast on or S/he can record the exposition as a tutorial to be shared with students for further reference. Instructions are attached to the course materials.

Free Practice for Podcast Creation (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

If the learning platform which hosts the classroom materials is Google classroom, the instructor can ask students, as a freer practice activity, to design their podcasts asynchronously at their own pace. Final results are showcased on the virtual platform allowing every person equally to have access to the materials anytime and anywhere.

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