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A podcast 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.

If you do not wish to subscribe to the podcast but merely download it then you may find Real Player useful.

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 "Orbit Downloader".[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.

Finding other podcasts


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

Generalised searches


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 will not let you move earlier and later in the recording.

A site such as FLV to MP3 Online Converter will let you convert the audio part of .flv to files to .mp3 on-line.

Useful language podcasts


Extremal References