For 15 weeks in a row, I’ve put out an episode of the CommDao Speak Easy Podcast. I wanted to cover words and phrases that they don’t teach you in class, as well as give some listening practice that students really need.
But now that I’ve done more video, I think the podcast medium isn’t a really effective medium to teach English.
Don’t get me wrong, I love podcasts! And, that hobby’s helped me cope with homesickness, reach new people, and become a better speaker myself.
I think there’s plenty of people who tune into different shows for some of those reasons. But, I just don’t think people who are learning English know how to take advantage of them just yet.
With the current format of the show, it might be too advanced for someone starting out. For advanced listeners, they’ll need something that really challenges them. Any kind of casual listening practice is going to be better served through in-person interaction rather than this podcast.
I’ve tinkered around with the format, but in the end, the show is getting too bare bones. That’s not the kind of show I want to produce. I want to make something more conversational, more reflective, and more fun.
Lately, I feel like I’m spreading myself too thin. I want the materials I produce online to be even better than the coaching I provide in person. By pulling the plug on this show, I can make more videos, not just on English, but on public speaking and personal communication.
Disappointed? Don’t be! A much better show is in the works…