I choose to use the Hobbit (BBCDramatization) as the podcast in my class. It is from the Arts & Entertainment section in BBC World News for Children.
This podcast reminds me of one interesting experience when I was young. When I was still in primary school, I listened to the storytelling program from the radio for half an hour every day. The stories are produced from traditional Chinese martial stories. My mother often asks me to retell the story I heard from the radio. After a period of time, I gradually became the best story teller among the students in our class and all of my language skills benefited a lot from the story retelling experience.
The Hobbits is also the most famous magic novel in English speaking countries, both the children and adults like it. By using this podcast, the students could also use it as a story telling resource. They can hear it every day without limitation of time and location. For the students who are in the low level, the teacher could ask them to listen to the story and retell it as much as they can, after that, they can get the reading sources to review the things they heard. For the students who are in the comparative high level, teacher could ask them to retell the story in front of the whole class. Students’ four language skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) will be improved in this kind of practicing.