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A '''podcast''' is an audio file which may be obtained on the internet.
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A '''podcast''' (/pɒdkæst/) is an audio file which may be obtained on the internet.
  
You may well be able to use a podcast in class but you should be aware of any copyright issues if you do.  Our article: [[Copyright in English language teaching]] may help you to decide what action your are allowed to take in your particular jurisdiction.
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You may well be able to use a podcast in class but you should be aware of any copyright issues if you do.  Our article [[Copyright in English language teaching]] may help you to decide what action you are allowed to take in your particular jurisdiction.
  
Sometimes, when attempting to download a podcast you will find the download hijacked by a program such as "quicktime". The solution is probably to look at your various file associations - but this can be time consuming.  Another solution is to use a free program such as  "downloadhelper".<ref>[http://www.downloadhelper.net/index.php downloadhelper Homepage]</ref> which will not only enable you to get around this problem, but may help you to obtain other difficult-to-download media as well.  This only works with [[firefox]] but it also allows you to automatically change the the format of the downloaded file.
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Sometimes, when attempting to download a podcast you will find the download hijacked by a program such as "QuickTime". The solution is probably to look at your various file associations - but this can be time consuming.  Another solution is to use a free program such as  "downloadhelper"<ref>[http://www.downloadhelper.net/index.php downloadhelper Homepage]</ref> which will not only enable you to get around this problem, but may help you to obtain other difficult-to-download media as well.  This only works with Firefox but it also allows you to automatically change the format of the downloaded file.  
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If things don't seem to be functioning as you expect, right-click your mouse, left-click on "save link as" and then select a download destination. The file should go where you want it. 
  
 
==Finding other podcasts==
 
==Finding other podcasts==
  
 
===Audio===
 
===Audio===
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Finding podcasts with the content to match a particular [[lesson]] is not easy as they are harder to index then text.  However you may have some luck with some of these news sites and search engines.
  
Finding podcasts with the content to match a particular lesson is not easy as they are harder to index then text.  However you may have some luck with some of these news sites and search engines.
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===Specific news sites===
  
===Specific news sites===
 
*[http://browse.guardian.co.uk/search?search=podcasts&sitesearch-radio=guardian&N=3375&go-guardian=Search Guardian audio search] This site from [[The Guardian]] is recommended.
 
 
*[http://www.guardian.co.uk/audio  All Guardian podcasts]
 
*[http://www.guardian.co.uk/audio  All Guardian podcasts]
*[http://audiovideo.economist.com/ Economist audio search] This site from [[The Economist]] is quite good.
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*[http://audiovideo.economist.com/ Economist multimedia]
*[http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/results.pl?tab=av&scope=all Search BBC audio and video] This [[BBC]] site is recommended - though downloading may de difficult.
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*[http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/results.pl?tab=av&scope=all Search BBC audio and video] This BBC site is recommended - though downloading may de difficult.  See out article "[[BBC]]" for more information on useful BBC sites for teachers.
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/directory/genre/ All BBC podcasts]  
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/directory/genre/ All BBC podcasts]  
 
*[http://uk.reuters.com/assets/videoindex Reuters videocasts.] Very good for short news clips.
 
*[http://uk.reuters.com/assets/videoindex Reuters videocasts.] Very good for short news clips.
*[http://uk.reuters.com/tools/podcasts/video Reuters longer videocasts.]
 
*[http://uk.reuters.com/tools/podcasts/audio?refresh=true Reuters audio podcasts.]
 
*[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/tools_and_services/podcasts/ Times of London podcasts]
 
*[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/video/article300101.ece The sun] Perhaps not the first place you would look, but also has a link to Sky news.
 
 
*[http://edition.cnn.com/services/podcasting/ CNN Audio and video search] Mostly video.
 
*[http://edition.cnn.com/services/podcasting/ CNN Audio and video search] Mostly video.
 
*[http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Podcasting/ ABC news audio and video search]
 
*[http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Podcasting/ ABC news audio and video search]
*[http://www.nytimes.com/ref/multimedia/podcasts.html New Your Times podcasts]
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/ref/multimedia/podcasts.html ''The New York Times'' podcasts]
*[http://podcast.ft.com/?section=finance Financial Times podcasts]
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*[http://podcast.ft.com/?section=finance ''Financial Times'' podcasts]
 
*[http://www.bloomberg.com/tvradio/podcast/ All Bloomberg podcasts]
 
*[http://www.bloomberg.com/tvradio/podcast/ All Bloomberg podcasts]
 
*[[Voice of America | Voice of America podcasts]] Good site for presidential broadcasts with texts.
 
*[[Voice of America | Voice of America podcasts]] Good site for presidential broadcasts with texts.
  
 
===Generalised searches===
 
===Generalised searches===
*[http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=index2&cid=1033 Yahoo news - video and audio search] Recommended.
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*[http://www.altavista.com/audio/default Altvista audio search] Quite good.
 
*[http://www.altavista.com/audio/default Altvista audio search] Quite good.
*[http://www.podscope.com/ Podscope - claims to be able to search for spoken words] Not convincing.
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*[http://www.playaudiovideo.com/index.htm Play Audio video] A promising audio and video search engine.
*[http://audio.search.yahoo.com/audio Yahoo audio search]
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*[http://www.findsounds.com/ Find sounds] Not really an an audio search site - but one which will find sound effects.
*[http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Podcasts/Directories/ Google podcast directories]
 
*[http://www.alltheweb.com/?cat=mp3 "All the web" audio search] Seems to be out of date.
 
*[http://www.smacki.com/mp3%20search%20using%20google Webpage - search audio with google] For geeks?
 
 
*[http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/multimedia.html#audio A good list of multimedia search engines]
 
*[http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/multimedia.html#audio A good list of multimedia search engines]
 
*[http://websearch.about.com/od/imagesearch/a/audio.htm Another list]
 
*[http://websearch.about.com/od/imagesearch/a/audio.htm Another list]
  
===Free English Teaching Podcasts===
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===Podcasts for English teachers===
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There are three very good sites which offer free, topical English-teaching podcasts along with exercises. Two which offer news-based podcasts are [[Breaking News English]] and [[Heads Up English]].  [[Languagecaster]] is a weekly, football-themed podcast. Teachers looking for easy-to-use, up-to-date audio should check them out.
  
There are two very good sites offer free topical English teaching podcasts along with exercises. They are [[Breaking News English]] and [[Heads Up English]].  Teachers should check out both.
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===Video===
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Finding video material is actually easier than finding audio material. The simplest method is simply to go to Google, enter a search term and select "video" in the top left. A tool such as "Orbit downloader" should let you obtain it as a .flv file.  These files can be played with [[VLC media player]].  One problem with .flv files played in this way is that VLC frequently freezes when you want to move earlier and later in a .flv file.
  
===Video===
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One can do something similar by going to Youtube.
Finding video material is actually easier than finding audio material.  The simplest method is simply to go to Google, enter a search term and select "video" in the top left. A tool such as "Orbit downloader" should let you obtain it as a .flv fileThese files can be played with [[VLC media player]]. One problem with .flv files played in this way is that VLC frequently freezes when you want to move earlier and later in a ,Flv file.
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A site such as [http://www.flv2mp3.com/ FLV to MP3 Online Converter] will let you convert the audio part of .flv to files to .mp3 on-lineAlternatively use [http://www.downloadhelper.net/index.php downloadhelper] which is a Firefox extension which will allow you to download and convert in one step.
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==Podcasts for students==
  
A site such as [http://www.flv2mp3.com/ FLV to MP3 Online Converter] will let you convert the audio part of .flv to files to .mp3 on-lineAlternatively use [http://www.downloadhelper.net/index.php downloadhelper] which is a friefox extension which will allow you to download and convert in one step.
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There are also many podcasts which will be of interest to studentsSee our [[Podcasts for students]] article for more information.
  
 
==Useful language podcasts==
 
==Useful language podcasts==
*^[http://itotd.com/about/ "Interesting Thing of the Day" has some good language related podcasts with accompanying text.]
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*[http://itotd.com/about/ "Interesting Thing of the Day" has some good language related podcasts with accompanying text.]
  
 
==Playing back podcasts==
 
==Playing back podcasts==
When playing podcasts you will frequently want to to move to a particular point in the recording. The [http://www.winamp.com/ winamp] media player allows you to specify the point at which you ant to start playing by pressing "Ctrl J".
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When playing podcasts you will frequently want to to move to a particular point in the recording. The [http://www.winamp.com/ winamp] media player allows you to specify the point at which you want to start playing by pressing "Ctrl J".
  
 
==Using podcasts in class==
 
==Using podcasts in class==
 
 
See our article on [[Listen | creating your own listening activities]].
 
See our article on [[Listen | creating your own listening activities]].
  
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== See also ==
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*[[Authentic language]]
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*[[Listening]]
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*[[Podcasts for students]]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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==External references==
==Extremal References==
 
 
*[http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/ A very good "Make your own podcast" tutorial]
 
*[http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/ A very good "Make your own podcast" tutorial]
 
*[http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/channel-list.php Podcasts for educators]
 
*[http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/channel-list.php Podcasts for educators]
 
*[http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci1189222,00.html Extensive list of podcasting terms and jargon]
 
*[http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci1189222,00.html Extensive list of podcasting terms and jargon]
  
 
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[[Category:Podcast sites]]
 
 
 
 
[[category:podcasts]]
 
 
[[Category:Technology]]
 
[[Category:Technology]]

Latest revision as of 20:19, 27 May 2019

A podcast (/pɒdkæst/) is an audio file which may be obtained on the internet.

You may well be able to use a podcast in class but you should be aware of any copyright issues if you do. Our article Copyright in English language teaching may help you to decide what action you are allowed to take in your particular jurisdiction.

Sometimes, when attempting to download a podcast you will find the download hijacked by a program such as "QuickTime". The solution is probably to look at your various file associations - but this can be time consuming. Another solution is to use a free program such as "downloadhelper"[1] which will not only enable you to get around this problem, but may help you to obtain other difficult-to-download media as well. This only works with Firefox but it also allows you to automatically change the format of the downloaded file.

If things don't seem to be functioning as you expect, right-click your mouse, left-click on "save link as" and then select a download destination. The file should go where you want it.

Finding other podcasts[edit]

Audio[edit]

Finding podcasts with the content to match a particular lesson is not easy as they are harder to index then text. However you may have some luck with some of these news sites and search engines.

Specific news sites[edit]

Generalised searches[edit]

Podcasts for English teachers[edit]

There are three very good sites which offer free, topical English-teaching podcasts along with exercises. Two which offer news-based podcasts are Breaking News English and Heads Up English. Languagecaster is a weekly, football-themed podcast. Teachers looking for easy-to-use, up-to-date audio should check them out.

Video[edit]

Finding video material is actually easier than finding audio material. The simplest method is simply to go to Google, enter a search term and select "video" in the top left. A tool such as "Orbit downloader" should let you obtain it as a .flv file. These files can be played with VLC media player. One problem with .flv files played in this way is that VLC frequently freezes when you want to move earlier and later in a .flv file.

One can do something similar by going to Youtube.

A site such as FLV to MP3 Online Converter will let you convert the audio part of .flv to files to .mp3 on-line. Alternatively use downloadhelper which is a Firefox extension which will allow you to download and convert in one step.

Podcasts for students[edit]

There are also many podcasts which will be of interest to students. See our Podcasts for students article for more information.

Useful language podcasts[edit]

Playing back podcasts[edit]

When playing podcasts you will frequently want to to move to a particular point in the recording. The winamp media player allows you to specify the point at which you want to start playing by pressing "Ctrl J".

Using podcasts in class[edit]

See our article on creating your own listening activities.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External references[edit]