Friday, 25 December 2009

ESL Podcasts:ESL-Pod

I noted a couple of months ago, a podcast is an audio file you download from the Internet. After you download it, you can listen to it on your computer or on an MP3/portable music player (for example, an iPod or iRiver). You can also subscribe to many podcasts so that they are delivered to you automatically each day, just like a newspaper.

One of the most impressive podcasts aimed at English language learners is ESLPod. is run by a team of experienced English as a Second Language professors with over 30 years of high school, adult, and university ESL teaching experience. Dr. Lucy Tse writes scripts and story ideas for the podcasts, and records many of the dialogs and stories. The host for the podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who helps read the scripts and provides explanations for them.

In addition to the podcast, the ESLPod site produce Learning Guide for every podcast. The Learning Guide is an 8 – 10 page guide which includes:

  • Complete transcripts (ESL Podcast and English CafĂ©)
  • Definitions
  • Sample sentences
  • Comprehension questions
  • Additional explanations
  • Cultural notes &
  • Tips on improving your English

2. ESL Podcast 164 - Seeing a Specialist

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