Title

Here's a story: using student podcasts to raise awareness of language learning strategies

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ashton-Hay, S & Brookes, D 2011, 'Here's a story: using student podcasts to raise awareness of language learning strategies', EA Journal, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 15-27.

Article available on Open Access

Abstract

Thirty-five years ago, a landmark article entitled What the “Good Language Learner” Can Teach Us suggested that if more was known about what “successful learners” did, then those strategies could be taught to poorer learners to enhance learning (Rubin, 1975: 42). Since publication of this article, language instruction has begun to encompass technological applications (Chinnery, 2006) through mobile-assisted language learning (MALL or m-learning) like podcasts. Podcasting extends the classroom, offers convenience for diverse learners, and provides authentic listening opportunities. Although the effects of podcasting in higher education have yet to be investigated (Educause, 2007), this paper describes how action research lead to the creation of an innovative student learning strategy webpage featuring peer podcasts and successful language learning strategies in higher education.