A Podcast Project in the German Programme of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand


  • Vera Leier University of Canterbury




Podcasts, L2 teaching, independent learners, MP3, CALL integration


This study aims to contribute to the research into the design of language podcasts. It describes the design of the podcasts used and analyses the results of a questionnaire and discusses podcast design for future language learning.

During one 12-week semester, podcasts were used in a German language intermediate class to improve student listening skills. New Zealand is a long way from a Germanspeaking country; besides being a good way to bring authentic L2 material into the classroom, we envisaged podcasts on student iPods would also be a good way to take language learning out of the classroom and integrate it into daily life. Podcasts might become part of a series of web tools, which support the teaching goal: improved learning outcomes by making the students part of a web community.


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Author Biography

Vera Leier, University of Canterbury

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


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