The Effect of Learner Podcasts on EFL Students' Speaking Development


JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING, vol.11, no.2, pp.18-41, 2021 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Communication & Mass Media Index, MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.18-41
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The use of podcasts in the field of language learning as instructional materials has received much attention in recent years. Podcasts enable learners to have access to authentic materials and they can be used as learning objects for independent learning. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the use of learner podcasts in English language classes as an innovative technology-based instructional tool to develop EFL learners' speaking skills. The study investigates to what extent learner-produced podcasts help EFL students to develop their speaking skills. This study was carried out at a state university in Turkey with forty EFL learners. During the study, learners were asked to create podcasts in pairs. In the podcasts, they were encouraged to discuss critically about various topics with their partners. Each pair was also required to listen to another pair's podcast, and assess their peers' views on the relevant topic and stimulate the discussion through creating another podcast including their personal comments about their peers' viewpoints. In the study a pre-test and post-test design was used to measure the participants' English speaking performance as regards the production of learner podcasts. The data were collected through a pre-and post-speaking test administered to participants and the data gathered from the tests were analyzed quantitatively. The findings revealed that the post-training mean (M=4.57) was statistically significantly higher than the pre-training mean (M=3.37) and creating learner podcasts had a significant effect on learners' speaking skill improvement (p<.05 (p=.000), r=.81). (C) Association of Applied Linguistics. All rights reserved