English Summer Town

Monday, January 30, 2006

Welcome to the English Summer Town Blog!

Sponsored by MINEDUC and the Fulbright Commission Chile, ENGLISH SUMMER TOWN is just one of the many initiatives designed to foster and support the professional development of English as a Foreign Language in Chile.

This blog has been created as a meeting place for the participants of English Summer Town. We invite you to share photos and experiences, and to make professional connections and share teaching ideas with other Chilean teachers of English.

For a summary of the English Summer Town 2006 events and to view more photos, Visit MINEDUC Online!
http://www.ingles.mineduc.cl/index_sub2.htm?id_seccion=52&id_contenido=925&id_portal=8

To view and download all the presentations from English Summer Town 2006, Visit Comisión Fulbright Chile Online!
www.fulbrightchile.cl

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I think it is a great idea to have a blog to share experiencies.
I Invite you to visit http://www.chilepodcast.cl to downlaod some audio file from the first week of EST .

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FAQ: Podcast, podcaster, podcasting


Q01: What is a podcast = (Radio Program) ?

A02: It is an digital audio file, normaly in mp3 format, uploaded to the Internet for other people have the chance to download it and listen its content.

* “A radio programa without a radio”
* “The radio a the new era”
* “The Radio of Digital World”

Q02: What is the ethimology of podcasting?
A02: Podcasting comes from two words:

* IPod = mp3 player = Digital Audio Player and

* Broadcasting = radio transmission

Q03: What is podcasting?
A03: Podcasting is the technology related to the production and presentation of “Radio Programs” using computers and the Internet.

Q04: What is a podcaster?
A04: Podcaster is the person who makes podcasts = (Radio Programs)

Q05: How can you listen to a podcast = (Radio program) ?
A05: You can listen to a podcast = Radio Porgram in your computer, in an mp3 audio player, a pendrive and also you can make an audio CD from mp3 files.

Q06: How can you get chilepodcast podcasts = (Radio Programs) ?
A06: Go to http://www.chilepodcast.cl and donwload some audio file = (Radio Program) for a later listening.


Q07: How can you get podcasts = (Radio Programs) from another countries?
A07: Visiting these websites:

* http://www.podcastellano.com

* http://www.podcastpickle.com

* http://www.podcast.yahoo.com



Q08: How can you get educational podcasts = (Radio Programs) ?
A08: USA: http://epnweb.org http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory


UK: http://recap.ltd.uk

Q09: What school sibjects are supported by educational podcast = (Radio Programs) nowadays?
A09: Desing and technology; English Literature; Art and Music; Phisical Education and Sports; Rerligoious Education. Etc.

Q10: What skills can be develepoed with podcasts = (Radio Programs) when teaching English language?
A10: You can develop listening skill.



Q11: What other aims can be achieved using this technology in tle classroom?


A11:

Get vocabulary
Improve pronunciation
Know differents cultures and customs
Know different accents of English speaking countries

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