The OralPod project is part of the curriculum for students of English Studies at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf. In their second or third year, students have to take this class as part of the Language Skills module. Every semester there is a frame topic for all podcasts, such as Humor or Happiness. Every episode is unique, as every episode is created by different students. This project is now it its 10th year! Way back then it was still necessary to define podcasts becasue so few people listened to them!
The Merriam Webster Tenth International Collegiate defines “Podcast” as:
a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet
The magic of podcasts is that they appear automatically on your listening device. This is made possible with a feed. So if you would like to automatically download our podcast to your listening device, copy the feed URL and open a program such as iTunes. In iTunes, under the menu “File” there is an option “Subscribe to Podcast”. Paste the URL, and you’re done! Or if you have iTunes installed, just click here.