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31 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Technology Tips              ❯❯❯ Its author, Shana Thompson, divides each of her podcast’s episodes into three parts. In the first part there is a joke, which is not necessarily very funny for Polish students (judging by their body language and comments:)) but its benefits in terms of learning a foreign language are undeniable. The joke usually employs a pun - a word play exploiting the fact that each of two words have the same pronunciation but different meaning, origins and spelling, for example new and knew - homophones or the fact that each of two words have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meaning, for example book (noun - something to read) and book (verb - making a reservation) - homonyms. The expression of the day part includes an idiomatic expression that is linked to the main subject of an episode, for example (not) carved in stone in the episode devoted to Mount Rushmore story or give an inch, take a mile in the episode on the metric system in the USA. In it the author explains the meaning of every single word in the expression (which I find particularly helpful in teaching and grounding-in the parts of speech) and the metaphorical message it carries with examples and contexts it might be used in real there are educators who use podcasts on a daily basis, some use them occasionally and others do not even realize that they exist in the flow of digital novelties. Those who opt for traditional, well-grounded means of teaching usually work with no or little digital resources. Nevertheless, it is my view that podcasts are well-worth recommending as an aid, as a teaching tool and personally, I am a great believer in using them as an element of teaching materials. This text is based solely on my personal experience with using one particular podcast. As a teacher I have always been an advocate of teaching English through culture, which in my case means incorporating art, history, geography, etc. into lessons of English as a foreign language as well as using authentic materials, visuals, real-life dialogues taken from movies, series or lyrics watched or listened by myself and often by my students as well. Moreover, as a lifelong admirer of American English language and culture of the USA and a graduate of American Studies I basically and naturally focus on topics revolving around American culture in broad meaning. A couple of months ago I came across a factual, very informative and rich in content podcast: