María Guadalupe López Arroyo Podcast series project
Ask the students what a podcast is. Chances are they already know what a podcast is. If some of they don’t know, ask if some of the students would like to explain to their classmates. Ask the students if they listen to podcasts in English and why they listen to them. Ask them what topics they prefer and why. Then ask them to describe some advantages of listening to podcasts. Ask them how often they listen to podcasts in English and if they have learned anything from them. Afterwards, tell them they are going to create a series of three short podcast episodes related to slavery. Explain that it’s a simple project that will involve teamwork and creativity, but since they’re so young and familiar with technology, the task will be easy as pie! e) Making the teams Get the group divided into teams of three people. Make sure there’s some balance between the confident ones and the quiet ones, so that there’s a chance for everyone to participate. Give each team a number (Team 1 to Team 4). Explain that each team will have to answer three questions related to slavery. They have to read the questions carefully, as they are the basis for their research. f) Research Give each team their questions (cards, questions 1-12). Ask each team to read their questions very carefully and to ask anything that might be not very clear. Tell them that apart from the questions they were assigned, all the teams will have to answer question 13, What’s a suitable punishment for people who trade with slaves? Why? as groupwork. Provide the students with the recommended websites for them to do research to answer their questions. The students will work on their research during class time in the language lab. They will get together to do the research in the time available and take notes of their findings. They will work on their research during one or two weeks, depending on the time they have available to go to the lab. If they don’t get to finish during the lab
Podcast series by advanced English students. Topic: Slavery in the modern world.