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Academic Podcasting

The Impact of Academic Podcasting: Emerging Technologies in the Foreign Language Classroom

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Old Dominion University began podcasting in the Fall semester of 2006 as part of a project supported by a University Faculty Innovator Grant.  This initial grant allowed faculty to begin to adapt podcasting technology for instructional purposes.  This pilot project laid the foundation for a larger, follow-up project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)- Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI).  The NEH grant allowed more faculty members in the Foreign Language Department to develop podcasts and to use them for a variety of instructional purposes in different language courses, including:

  • reinforce class content
  • improve pronunciation
  • build vocabulary
  • improve oral and aural skills.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Digital Humanities Initiative  http://www.neh.gov/

Academic podcasting technology is now integrated into the beginning to advanced language, literature and culture courses in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and English (World Literature). 

To access ODU courses on iTunes U:

  1. Go to the Old Dominion University on iTunes U website at (http://itunes.odu.edu/)
  2. Click "Launch Public iTunes U" 
  3. Under "Courses", select the course to download
  4. Click "Subscribe"

FL&L Podcasting Courses

Fall 2011

  1. CHIN 111: Beginning Chinese
  2. FREN 331: French Literary Forms: Prose
  3. GER 312W: Communicative Competence: Writing and Reading


Spring 2011

  1. CHIN 212: Intermediate Chinese
  2. FREN 469/569: A History of French Cinema
  3. GER 407: Advanced Grammar and Syntax


Fall 2010

  1. CHIN 111: Beginning Chinese
  2. CHIN 311: Advanced Chinese Language and Culture I
  3. FREN 366: Business French: Language and Culture


Spring 2010

  1. CHIN 212: Intermediate Chinese
  2. CHIN 312: Advanced Chinese Language and Culture II
  3. FREN 428/528: 18th Century French Literature
  4. SPAN 366: Business Spanish: Language and Culture


Fall 2009:

  1. CHIN 111 - Beginning Chinese
  2. CHIN 311 - Advanced Chinese
  3. FREN 320 - Contemporary France Through the Media
  4. FREN 331 - French Literary Forms: Prose
  5. GER 321: German Civilization from the Middle Ages to WW I
  6. GER 408: Conversation and Composition
  7. SPAN 321: Latin American Culture & Civilization
  8. SPAN 333: Introduction to Early Latin American Literature


Spring 2009:

  1. FREN 102 - Beginning French II
  2. FREN 312 - Writing & Reading
  3. FREN 332 - French Literary Forms: Theatre 
  4. FREN 415/515 - Applied Phonetics
  5. SPAN 366 - Business Spanish: Language and Culture
  6. SPAN 334 - Introduction to Modern Latain-American Literature 
  7. SPAN 473/573 - Contemporary Latina Literature: Borders to Crossroads


Fall 2008:

  1. FREN 102 - Beginning French II
  2. FREN 201 - Intermediate French I
  3. FREN 366 - Business French (Language & Culture) 
  4. FREN 437 - 19th Century French Literature
  5. FREN 795/895 - Dangerous Liaisons: French-American Relations 1776-2008
  6. JAPN 311 - Advanced Japanese Language & Culture I
  7. JAPN 395 - Advanced Japanese Language & Culture III
  8. SPAN 321 - Latin American Culture and Civilization
  9. SPAN 495 - Latin American Digital Poetics

Spring 2008:

  1. FLET 100 - Understanding World Literature
  2. FREN 496/596 - Engagement Lit. & Film
  3. FREN 102 - Beginning French II
  4. GER 450/550 - German Satires & Parodies
  5. SPAN 320 - Spanish Civilization
  6. SPAN 449/549 - Contemporary Spanish-American Drama

Fall 2007:

  1. FLET 100 - Understanding World Literature
  2. FREN 333 - French Literary Forms, Poetry
  3. FREN 407/507 - Advanced Grammar & Syntax
  4. GER 380 - Lit. Sturm und Drang Jugendstil
  5. JAPN 311 - Advanced Japanese Language & Culture
  6. SPAN 311 - Speaking & Listening
  7. SPAN 495/595 - Sex & Religion
  8. SPAN 496/596 - Digital Latin American Poetics

Spring 2007:

  1. ITAL 102 - Beginning French II
  2. FREN 495/595 - French Phonetics
Fall 2006:
  1. ITAL 101 - Beginning Italian I
  2. JAPN 311 - Advanced Japanese Language & Culture
  3. SPAN 311- Speaking & Listening
  4. FREN 495/595 - Literature of Quebec & French Canada

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