iTunes may be yet something unknown for most English students but they have no idea how beneficial it can be when it comes to improve their English skills ( listening ). So why don’t we start talking a little bit about it!
According to its own website iTunes is a free app that lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It’s also a store that has everything you need to be entertained. That makes it the perfect place to listen, watch, read, play, explore, and shop. Well, many people really just use it for entertainment but if you are learning English that changes completely. There are 2 amazing features on iTunes that makes it a perfect and completely useful tool for those who are learning English. I’m talking about iTunes U and Podcasts, which are both free. Yeah, exaclty you heard it right: FREE!
First and most importantly of all we need to know what a podcast is so take a look at how a podcast is described:
Podcasts are free, downloadable audio (sometimes video) programs, containing new and interesting information about anything you can imagine and iTunes gives you access to more than 225,000 free podcasts, from your favorite NPR shows to TEDTalks. They are created by specialists in their fields, in addition to entertainers, journalists, and even big media outlets. A podcast is like a radio program, but you can download it from anywhere in the world. There are millions of programs to choose from, which you subscribe to, put on your MP3 player, and listen to whenever you want, wherever you want, and with basically no commercials.
Podcasts are a great way to practice our English especially nowdays that every one of us seems to be so busy to do anything else besides work where even taking English classes would be a difficult thing to do. Well, if you look at the bright side you’ll see that podcasts can be a great help in that matter! Wherever you are you can listen to a podcast on your MP3 player or smartphone and practice even more than if you were at home. Podcasts can be a fun way to practice English as you can listen to content that interests you. It’s important that you take advantage of the spare times during the day, which are not small, to keep in touch with the language as much as you can. Even though you cannot speak ( which I will cover about it later ) it’s extremely important that you keep listening a lot.
To learn more on how to use podcasts and other tools to help you click here
2. iTunes U
Ohh! Where should I start? Well, Maybe We should start looking at its own description in the apple website:
” iTunes U brings you lectures, discussions, language lessons, and more — all from top universities, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world. Best of all, everything on iTunes U is free, whether you’re a student or a lifelong learner. “
So I think it seems pretty obvious how great this tool is for English students. For those who like to watch lectures on TED.com this is definetely made for you. On iTunes U you can watch great lectures and have access to courses in every possible topic imaginable and I’m sure there’s one for everybody.
So I can’t wait to hear from you what you think of it.
If you have any questions drop a comment below!