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Podcasting in a Virtual English for Academic Purposes Course: Learner Motivation

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Interactive Learning Environments Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 1049-4820


In this study we explored the effect of podcasting on the motivation of the students in an online English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at the university level (N = 179). By using a mixed-method approach, we analyzed the data collected on the learners' impressions about using podcasts as a learning tool. The particular aim of this study was to help learners do research in English in their specific academic field. In their EAP course the learners are expected to study various types of English texts, listen to media and give lectures on their academic findings. The findings of this study revealed that males found podcasting significantly more relevant and attractive than females. Females, on the other hand, were significantly more satisfied with using podcasts in their EAP class. Further, results showed that learners who had no prior experience of podcasts for academic purposes outperformed the learners with medium experience. For further qualitative investigation, several sources were used for data collection including interviews with the learners, the course forums, emails, the class groupblog, podcasts and open-ended questions. Overall podcasting proved highly effective in motivating the students to learn in the online environment.


Asoodar, M., Marandi, S.S., Vaezi, S. & Desmet, P. (2016). Podcasting in a Virtual English for Academic Purposes Course: Learner Motivation. Interactive Learning Environments, 24(4), 875-896. Retrieved March 20, 2023 from .

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