Sounds for study: Speech and language therapy students' use and perception of exercise podcasts for phonetics

Knight, R.-A. (2010). Sounds for study: Speech and language therapy students' use and perception of exercise podcasts for phonetics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22(3), pp. 269-276.

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Abstract

Currently little is known about how students use podcasts of exercise material (as opposed to lecture material), and whether they perceive such podcasts to be beneficial. This study aimed to assess how exercise podcasts for phonetics are used and perceived by second year speech and language therapy students. Eleven podcasts of graded phonetics exercises were produced and made available to the 36 students in the cohort, who then took part in two voluntary surveys. Surveys were completed by 26 and 30 students respectively. Responses show that students tend to listen to the podcasts on a computer at home, rather than on an mp3 player when on the move. Many students also listen to the podcasts with family and friends. Students report that they found the exercise podcasts very useful for their learning. They liked the ability to repeat the recordings many times and felt that there was improvement in their confidence in transcription and in their test scores due to using them. For this subject they would prefer exercise podcasts to recordings of lectures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Podcasts, phonetics, exercises
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
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URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3317

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