Creating a podcast for Latin with Audacity

Kathleen Bossuyt-Janssens0 Comments


After reading one text or a series of stories in Latin the student will create an audio play.


Step 1 : writing a scenario

The base of the audio play/podcast is the story you want to tell. Look for an interesting story that offers sufficient possibility for recording dialogues between characters, sounds, and music. Turn the story into a scenario: a summary of the text that will be spoken, complemented with extra sounds that the listener will hear and fitting background music.

Step 2 : recording the podcast

Recording the audio play takes place in two stages:

  1. Narrate the texts.
  2. Recording sounds.
  3. Recording the music.
  1. Narrating the texts
  2. The students will narrate the texts using a tablet/PC with microphone. They have to make sure that they are intelligible: They will first rehearse their texts at home so that the recording goes smoothly.

  3. Recording the sounds
  4. Background sounds are very important in an audible play, as the listener cannot see what is happening. The background sounds make the story come alive and stimulate the imagination of the listener. You can record the sounds yourself or search for them on the internet.

  5. Recording the music

Search for suitable music and sound effects on YouTube or your ipod.

Step 3 : editing the podcast

  1. Installing the necessary software
  2. You can edit your audio play with the free software Audacity. You can download the program via When you install the program you have the option to install it in Dutch.

  3. Organising the audio fragments
  4. In order to work quickly, it is recommended to organise the folder in which you keep the audio fragments well. Create a folder for narrated texts, possibly subdivided by character. In addition, the sounds and music will be saved in separate folders. Give all the files an obvious name, so that you know at once what they contain.

  5. Editing

Editing of the audio play consists of three steps;

  • Edit the voice fragments (the storyline) Select the appropriate sound recordings and place them in chronological order. After that you can adjust the volume, length and narration speed of the sound recordings.
  • After the narration is completed, sounds are added to the story. Make sure that the text stays intelligible and that the total recording does not sound to busy.
  • Finally, you can add some music to the story, to enhance the atmosphere are to fill in quite segments, to accelerate the story.

What do I need?

  • Internet: Yes
  • Hardware: pc

ICT Level and Target Group

  • ICT level: difficult
  • Target group: Third year ASO Latin, second grade

Lesson Topics

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