pretzellogicJune 26, 2010, 11:15 AM
Interesting idea. I'm never quite sure when I listen to a podcast with the complete lesson in it, what are the 2-4 main points. It seems that in all these lessons, there's an explanation of vocabulary that might have been covered before. Usually it ends up being about 5-10 words/phrases.
Maybe if you gave an example of what you're thinking should be a helpful synopsis of the lesson, other than the existing description, maybe that would clear things up for the cpod staff.
dude what I wrote is already pretty clear. basically they could take what they talk about in the lesson and type it out and include it in the lesson dialogue pdf's, that way we wouldn't have to listen to podcasts to review the main explanations of each lesson.
Have you joined the "Transcripts with Tal" group? A number of users in that group have transcribed a number of Intermediate & Upper Intermediate lessons. You could copy elements of these transcripts for your own use.
chrisJune 26, 2010, 02:00 PM
Themainman, I do a similar thing to you, albeit a little more old-fashioned with my A4 pad and pen! Basically, I start by writing out the whole lesson dialogue before I listen to the podcast. Then listen to the podcast and annotate my written dialogue with any interesting points the hosts make during the podcast. Finally, I work through the vocab and supplementary vocab, ensuring I write each character a few times to get a feel for them and also do a quick bit of background reading on the mdbg dictionary website.
I've often thought the same thing as you, in that it would be good to have a summary of the key 'takeaways' at the bottom of the lesson pdf. But then I realised that unless I write them out myself, then they probably wouldn't sink in. Chris