Thursday, February 28, 2008


I. Goals

  1. to actively express your opinions to a real Japanese audience
  2. to consider first-hand how big media operates and presents information
II. Audience

The worldwide audience of Japanese-speakers interested in New York, Columbia University, or life at an American university, and other learners of Japanese - and also your classmates, of course

III. Content

We will create radio/TV programs to introduce your favorite thing, person, or any other topic of your choosing.

IV. Timeline
  1. March 24 (M): Post your first draft (video or audio) on Courseworks and submit the typed script to the instructor.
  2. April 19 (Su): Post the final draft and submit the typed script to the instructor.

V. Steps
  1. Remember the discussion on what constitutes a good podcast (radio or TV program) from the last semester. (See below.)
  2. Keeping #1 in mind, write podcasting scripts with your classmates or by yourself. Remember the audience.
  3. Practice reading the scripts in a natural manner. (If necessary, students should memorize their scripts. The point is that the scripts must NOT sound stilted and unnatural)
  4. Record the video or audio (The Japanese language program owns three camcorders. If you would like to use one, please let your instructor know.) For video editing tips check the class blog under ポッドキャスト.
  5. Watch or listen to your classmates’ podcasts and make comments. (Remember #1.)
  6. Correct and improve your script.
  7. Record a second time.
  8. Post the podcasts online, and allow a worldwide audience to listen/watch.
  9. Listen to your podcast and those created by your classmates; evaluate and critique them.
VI. What constitutes a good podcast? (Fall 2007 and 2006)
  1. Audience: Interaction (between listener and host), Respect, Comprehension, Relative
  2. Subject, Topic, and Content: Creative, Variety, Spontaneous, Focused, Depth of understanding, Know what to say and how to say it, Cultivate a personality (Don't fake a personality) Interesting, Informative, Humorous, Educational, Funny, Truth, Real, Authentic, Honesty, Creative
  3. Quality of Recording, Manner, and Language: Clear, Loud, No choppiness in the transition or the presentation of the piece, Good and Clear Pronunciation, Smooth talking, Time management, Some music, Enthusiasm, Good Grammar, Fluency