ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 09/02/20 - 22/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to improve your pronunciation, learn more about how you sound when you speak English and develop your speaking? A podcast is a digital recording which can be used in a very practical way to help develop your English. On this course, you will discover how to make a podcast to record yourself, edit and upload your files as well as what to say and how to say it. You will be able to practise speaking on your own and interviewing others as well as learn how to prepare what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy, and your fluency.

You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or for help or more information.

This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.


What is the course about?

You will improve your English on this course by learning how to make podcasts on a variety of topics and in different forms including descriptive narrative, explanations, opinion pieces and interviews. By learning how to sound interesting and engaging to your listeners, you will learn how to improve your pronunciation, use stimulating vocabulary, structure your podcast, and ask questions with correct stress and intonation. By being able to listen back to yourself you will be able to identify where you need to improve and where your strengths are. In addition to improving your English, you will also learn about podcasting such as the best software to use, how to record yourself, upload files and edit them. You will learn skills which will help you in the workplace as well as in your daily life.

What will we cover?

• making podcasts on a variety of topics for example music, film, politics and current affairs
• creating descriptive narratives, giving explanations, opinions, comments and interviews
• how to sound engaging and interesting using stress, intonation and the right vocabulary
• how to give an opinion, make critical judgements and give recommendations and opinions
• how to identify your strengths and areas for improvement
• how to structure a podcast so it links together with a good introduction and conclusion with well with effective arguments and evidence for opinions
• how to use software for making podcasts so you can record yourself and others and upload and edit files
• creating a series of class podcasts.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• make podcasts on a variety of topics for example music, film, politics and current affairs
• create descriptive narratives, give explanations, opinions and comments and conduct interviews
• use stress, intonation and the right vocabulary to sound engaging and interesting
• use different pronunciation strategies to sound fluent and interesting
• use a variety of phrases and modal verbs to give opinions and make critical judgements and recommendations
• use a variety of verb tenses so your meaning is clear including use of continuous and simple forms to show background and main information
• identify your strengths and areas for improvement in your spoken English
• structure a podcast so it links together with a good introduction and conclusion with well with effective arguments and evidence for opinions
• make notes effectively to help you plan your work
• use software for making podcasts, record yourself, others and upload and edit files
• create a series of class podcasts

By the end of this course you will also have improved your English and your digital skills through use of digital recording devices, computers and the internet.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a Level 1-Level 2 course ie. for students at a good intermediate level and above. It is ideal for anyone who wants to take their English to the next level in a creative way. Access to a smartphone or PC at home will be advantageous and you will need to have some basic computing skills. This course will be particularly useful for anyone who has to give presentations, use IT at work or engage in a professional way with members of the public.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This will be a dynamic, exciting and creative course with lots of interaction and participation. There will be a lot of hands on practice and your tutor will guide you so you can become aware of your own strengths and areas you need to improve. You will need to do some work outside the classroom to get the most from this courses.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs but you should bring a pen, paper and folder to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are many courses you could do next or at the same time. You could join one our general ESOL courses with an exam either L1 or L2. You could do a course without an exam – for example, ESOL and Film, ESOL and Reading Stories ESOL Pronunciation Stage 1, ESOL and Singing or Matters of Opinion. One of our grammar or writing courses would also be very helpful. You could also join one of the courses in our general Digital Skills department.Your tutor will advise you on the best course.


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Course Code: HESP01

Full Sun, day, 09 Feb - 22 Mar '20

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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