What is podcasting?


A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to subscribe to. (see wikipedia for more)

Why the popularity?

  • Apple's marketing!
  • familiarity with radio
  • intersection with entertainment
  • no change in methodology needed

My suspicions/reservations!

  • no change in methodology
  • yet another teacher broadcast tool

They come and go, and not many manage to be regular.
There are good ones that require registration, and sometimes payment. Those listed here are all free.

Let's Talk is a space for a group of ESOL students, mostly new arrivals
(AMEP), to broadcast short audio files recorded by them to practise
their English. pulls in video, and audio, all within good learning activity contexts. By Rosa Ochoa

Sydney's People Podcast a blog with interviews with fluent speakers of English. The podcasts are usually supplemented with worksheets to help ESL listeners with comprehension and to provide additional writing practise. By Rosa Ochoa

Interesting Things for ESL Students
A fun study site for learners of English as a Second Language Activities (songs, grammar exercises) for teaching, links to Voice of America’s simplified boradcast in podcast format. By Charles Kelly

Englishcaster – “the best place to find English lesson podcasts and other study materials” for both students and educators: EFL, ESL, TESOL, TEFL. You can listen to, rate, review and submit podcasts

Assorted podcasts by teachers and students:

Bardwell Road: “For English language students, by English language students” - made by students

Other 'Teaching Podcasts'

Who said what in literature?

Tony Whitingham, Teacher – Instructional Design and Digital Arts, Randwick College,SI Supported with a wiki at

Primary Schools

Room 3 podcast from the Orange Grove Primary School in Western Australia

Pine Hill School podcast where 9 and 10 year old students create movies
and podcasts on their Apple Macs. New Zealand


Shine: (not many episodes there yet but very engaging content on sexual health for youth)


Talking VTE - A podcast blog filled with interviews and recordings made at conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the Australian VET System. Managed by Stephan Ridgway from Sydney Institute

Mobile Technology in TAFE by Sue Waters, Challenger TAFE (WA)

Delia's Podcast - thoughts on using Voice Technologies. By Delia Bradshaw -

Podding Downunder – Michael Coghlan – a general mix of reflections on education

This Week in Tech: Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of People's Choice Podcast and Best Technology Podcast in the 2005 People's Choice Podcast Awards. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.

Absolutely Intercultural - the first podcast in the world to deal with intercultural issues. looking at all intercultural aspects of human intercultural communication.

Connect Learning, with David Warlick - 'some outside the box ideas about classrooms, teaching, and learning in the 21st century'.


Australia Talks Back is a daily national talkback program presented by Paul Barclay. It provides a forum for discussion of a specific topic with the involvement of expert guests. You can hear the views of people in capital cities, provincial towns, on farms and in remote communities. Topics range from politics, economics, social and international affairs to sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Monday to Thursday tackles one topic a day; Friday reviews the week's discussion. Australia Talks Back is published every weekday.

Late Night Live “the most downloaded podcast in the world” Philip Adams

The Chaser's war on everything Vodcast is a good way to catch the show
if you missed it.
Ask a Ninja: A popular and very offbeat (funny) videoblog.


Educational podcasting for teaching and learning -.This is the first UK directory and the best website to find podcasts for educational use from 300 podcast channels - ideal for activities with children, young people and educational professionals. Lists subject specific podcasts

EPN – Education Podcast Network -; lists subject specific podcasts

Medical Podcasts -


Michael Coghlan