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In a recent piece in The Atlantic, educator Michael Godsey writes about the impact of students reading transcripts while listening to podcasts.  Education Week has also explored the potential of captioned listening in supporting comprehension. Not only does research support the literacy impact of this practice, but it is vastly preferred by students! Godsey writes: “I already knew […]

Teachers around the country are challenged by the growing number of English language learners in their classrooms. The EL population is the fastest growing population of public school students in the U.S. according to the National Education Association. However only 2.5% of teachers who teach these English learners have a degree in ESL or bilingual […]

Sometimes I turn on my TV and the close captioning feature has been activated. I can’t find the button to turn it off so I think, it won’t distract me. And yet I find it impossible to ignore. It turns out that reading subtitles in the same language as you are listening, is impossible to ignore. […]

“My students aren’t good listeners!” We hear this time and again from teacher. Yet in our classrooms we teach strategies to helps students in reading and writing but we rarely teach listening. Radio is the perfect medium for teaching and honing listening skills in your classroom. Strategies: Try introducing metacognitive strategies for listening so students think […]

Public Broadcasting helps you learn! It’s now been confirmed by this study.  I’ve always known that listening to public radio makes you smarter. Why?  Because I often heard friends and acquaintances use what they heard on public radio at work, at dinner parties and in casual conversations.  How many times have you said “I heard […]

Listening offers exciting possibilities for meeting the needs of the Common Core State Standards and 21st century learners.  The use of listening instruction can significantly enhance student learning if properly designed and implemented.  This paper describes the latest research on listening and the principles behind effective listening instruction. Overview Today’s K-12 students are different from […]