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Abstract

Using action research as a method of inquiry, a high school Spanish teacher undertook this study to understand how podcasting could be used to help improve students’ Spanish speaking skills. Multiple sources of data collected and analyzed by the teacher-researcher in collaboration with her students and other collaborators reveal that the frequency and variety of carefully designed weekly podcasting assignments over time helped improve student speaking skills. This paper provides a framework of reference for other K-12 teachers as to how they could use new technologies successfully and understand the effects in their classrooms.

Author Biography

Maggie Brennan Juana teaches AP Spanish as well as the advanced honors classes. She lives in Pelham, NY with her husband and three children.; Dr. Deniz Palak is an instructor and advocate of action research. She is a graduate of West Virginia University. Before joining North Carolina Central University, she taught research methods courses at New York Institute of Technology. This action research study is a product of collaboration between Deniz (the instructor) and Maggie (student) out of teaching and learning experience of action resarch.

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