ESL GuideBook for the Studio Teacher

Learning Portfolio


Sound Editing


Level: Summer ESL+M/ ESL low-intermediate to intermediate

Language Focus: Sound vocabulary +creative writing + future tense and subjunctive verbs (imagined actions)

Design Focus: Sound experience + sound recording/production+ digital mixing

Time: 6h. 20 min. (5h 55min. activities + 25 min. break/debrief)

Prep time: 4 hours


Lesson Description:

Starting with a warm-up exercise, the teacher introduces the qualities of sound, found sound, environmental sounds, and human perception. Students explore the idea of future selves—of imagined self and social identities—as a central concept for creative writing and to practice future tenses and subjunctive verbs. Outsourcing sounds—in combination with field recordings and foley sound production—students learn technical skills to capture quality sounds, e.g. field recorders, microphones, editing software. The teacher introduces technical sound vocabulary to guide students in self-assessing the quality of their collected sounds and to broaden their understanding of sound as it manifests in different spaces. Students produce their final project using a time-based sound editing software.




vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear.
“Light travels faster than sound”



“…a soundscape is defined as a space in which melodies, tunes, and riffs are received and interpreted by audiences, and in which the location of the listener shapes the interpretation of these sounds. The listener imbues the soundscape with individual meaning and relevance.”
Heiner Stahl, Berlin – Divided City, 1945-1989

 Jane Jang, Fall 2014

Lorelei Goude, Fall 2014Alex Joseph, Under the Shadow (trailer) sound design.
The Foley Diaries WordPress blog




“Crafting Soundscapes with Mobile Technology: There are Apps for That.” Jay Loomis

Creative Writing Prompts, TEDed Blog

“Illusions for stereo headphones.” Diana Deutsch

“Possible Selves” Hazel Markus and Paula Nurius

“Resonant Texts” Shannon Mattern, Sense and Society

“Soundscapes: toward a sounded anthropology.” David Samuels


Technical support:

Microphones: Design and Application (Chapter 4: pages 111-124 and pages 171-179)

Microphones: Design and Application (Chapter 4: pages 111-124 and pages 171-179)


Visual Aids:











Crowdsourcing SFX website 

– Opensource (create an account/sign-in)

EAR|WAVE|EVENT Sound Journal 

Audio Archive 


UCSB Cylinder Audio Archives

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