This site is similar to a talk show on the radio with two personalities (Bob and Rob) who talk about different topics for each show. The shows are posted on the web site semi-regularly. The focus is on everyday language. There is no scoring as it is mainly a site to listen to what the hosts are talking about and repeat the phrases to oneself. One of the cast members is a Yank and one is a Brit so there are two dialects presented.
There are links to outside sources such as a site that has slang and idioms (this was the focus of the most recent show that was posted) as well as other sites dealing with common every day language. It is an audio site that offers mp3 files. There is also focus on slang and the radio show atmosphere is very entertaining as well.
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Evaluation and Observation
The site has a very clear purpose. It is designed to allow students to hear conversational language and how challenging phrases (including slang) are used in authentic conversation. Between the many different shows that are available on the site, learners can focus on different types of language and different phrases. An example of one of the most recent shows is one of the cast members talking about having a new child. Each show also has a short blurb about it to help locate relevant topics.
It seems that it would take a highly self-motivated student to actually take much away from the site. Supplementary tasks and assignments are necessary.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is an excellent site for motivating listening materials. The banter back and forth between the hosts is a great way to experience authentic communication. The hosts also explain many of the slang phrases they use which is helpful.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is very easy to use, the links are clear and the shows are easy to find. Everything is labeled very well, there are descriptions of the different shows and it is easy to determine what the shows are about. There is a place to provide feedback (through comments) to the show and also to read others comments that have been made. The information is presented in a way that students can easily listen to the show and pause, move back, move forward. The students should find the material interesting because of the manner that it is presented because of its radio like appearance.