Podcasts to improve writing and speaking in foreign languages
Warm-up activity: to remind students of the topic ‘The value of Money’ which has already been discussed in previous classes, students watch a video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fiM8x5vxcY on the Pros and cons of buying and renting a house. Oral discussion on what they see. Teacher clears out some more difficult words related to the topic, e.g. mortgage, credit, rent, equity, insurance, etc. (Time: 10 minutes)
Task 1: Students are asked to join in groups. Each group (4 people max., 4 groups max) will be assigned with a role. Two groups will be buying a house and the other two will represent the landlords who want to rent a house. Groups are given some time to prepare their arguments on the pros and cons of buying and renting a house. Debate starts (time: prep. Time: 7 to 10minutes; debate: 15 to 20 minutes) – speaking skill focus
Task 2: Students are now asked to listen to two (previously chosen) podcasts (e.g. Rentprep for Landlords) announcing properties to rent. Two groups will write a (formal) letter or an email to the landlord according to what they hear on the podcast announcing their intentions to buy the house and wanting to know more details about the sale. The two other groups assigned with the role of landlords will reply to the potential buyers. NB: students are given model emails so that they can follow the style, accurate punctuation and correct grammar) (Time: 30 minutes)
Follow-up activity: Students create their own podcasts announcing a house to rent (details regarding the property description, amount of money asked, etc, will have to be mentioned) NB: as this activity involves the use of a TEL tool and some preparation, Students can do this activity at home and then make it available in the school’s platform (e.g. Moodle or Sakai).