Monday, July 7, 2008

ESL Podcast #3

"The Simpsons Cartoon"

This podcast is taken from a website that uses podcasts similar to radio bits. Whereas some ESL podcasts have a drone-like quality, this employs shorter segments and sounds like an actual radio show at times. The podcast not only discusses the Simpsons, but also discusses language issues within the reading about the Simpsons cartoon.

I like this podcast because it talks about a popular show that most people around the world are familiar with, meaning that accessing and building prior knowledge would be easier. It also would be great to follow this podcast up with a clip or entire show of the Simpsons in order to further build language development and recognition. Finally, a discussion of cartoons in different cultures would be a relevant discussion.

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