Podcasting: tool to develop and reinforce EFL learning

Anali Carolina Rodríguez-Castro, Juanita Catalina Argudo-Serrano


This research explored the application of podcasts in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching context, mainly focused on the development of speaking and listening skills. This could shed light on the impact of ‘Podcasting’ in teaching and learning the mentioned skills. As a really important point of start, it offered basic characteristics, types of podcasts, and the topics which might be used throughout the research, that is why three different groups of students with different language levels (A1, A2, B1), according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), belonging to “Be Free English Academy”, participated in this study, each level has seven learners of different ages; who were evaluated throughout two different months as well as explored the impact ‘Podcasting’ might have on them. This research evaluated the advantages, disadvantages, and contributions of podcasts in EFL classrooms to the development of language skills mainly listening and speaking Also, it examined the effect on the students’ attitudes after the podcasting strategy was implemented. Research in this field helps to understand the outcomes that this “relatively” new technological tool has and its implications in the English learning process.


Podcasting, speaking, listening, language learning, development, self-learning, motivation.



Esta investigación exploró la aplicación de podcasts en la enseñanza de inglés como lengua extranjera (EFL), enfocada en el desarrollo de habilidades para hablar y escuchar. Esto podría explicar el impacto de 'Podcasting' en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de las habilidades mencionadas. Al iniciar el estudio, se instaló características básicas, como tipos de podcasts y los temas que se podrían utilizar a lo largo de la investigación, es por ello que tres grupos diferentes, de siete estudiantes cada uno, con diferentes niveles de idioma (A1, A2, B1), según el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas (CEFRL), pertenecientes a “Be Free English Academy”, participaron en este estudio; quienes fueron evaluados a lo largo de dos meses explorando así, el impacto que 'Podcasting' podría tener en ellos. Esta investigación evaluó las ventajas, desventajas y contribuciones de los podcasts en las aulas de EFL para el desarrollo de las habilidades lingüísticas, principalmente escuchar y hablar. Además, examinó el efecto en las actitudes de los estudiantes después de implementar la herramienta. La investigación en este campo ayudó a comprender los resultados que tiene esta herramienta tecnológica “relativamente” nueva y sus implicaciones en el proceso de aprendizaje del inglés.

Palabras clave:

Podcasting, hablar, escuchar, aprendizaje de idiomas, desarrollo, autoaprendizaje, motivación.

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