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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details