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Top 10 Listenwise Podcasts for Students of 2022/23

As the 2022/23 school year draws to a close, we are taking a moment to look back at our most popular lessons published this school year. Keep this list handy for when you start planning your back-to-school lessons, or use it as inspiration for summer PD! Explore our list of the top 10 podcasts for…

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4 Steps to Using Listenwise With Newcomer English Learners

Listenwise recently hosted a webinar with California teacher and newcomer advocate Efraín M. Tovar on the subject of using our platform with newcomer English learners.  The conversation covered various topics such as the benefits of using Listenwise for newcomers, how to select and customize lessons, and how to provide adequate support for newcomer student learning…

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Build Speaking and Listening Skills for English Learners with Listenwise

Students at all levels of English language proficiency need opportunities to practice speaking and listening skills in the classroom. Activities that invite students to talk with each other about what they are learning build essential language skills while also increasing student engagement. In this blog post, we’re going to walk you through the rationale for…

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Listenwise and the California English Learner Roadmap Principles

Listenwise is proud to be a part of so many California teachers’ toolkits. With our ever-expanding library of California standards-aligned ELD lessons, we aim to provide rigorous and engaging content for English learners. In this way, our product makes an ideal resource for educators following the California English Learner Roadmap. Read on to learn more…

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Listenwise Achieves ESSA Level IV Certification

Listenwise is excited to announce that we have earned ESSA Level IV certification via third-party partner LearnPlatform. This achievement means that Listenwise has demonstrated that we meet the requirements of compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  “The Listenwise solution has a foundation in existing research,” says Mary Styers, Ph.D., Director of Research, LearnPlatform…

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WIDA ACCESS Test Prep Strategies Using Listenwise

Did you know that Listenwise ELD lessons can be easily used as ACCESS test prep resources? The materials found in our lessons are ready-made examples of the kinds of questions and visuals provided on the listening exam.  In this blog post, we will walk you through how to use Listenwise for WIDA ACCESS test prep while…

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8 Ways to Teach Multilinguals Using Podcasts and Video

During our webinar with career teacher, consultant, and author Tan K. Huynh, he led us through his approach to teaching multilinguals using podcasts and video. His goal is to use comprehensible input, as defined by linguist and education researcher Dr. Stephen Krashen.  “The focus when you’re working with multilingual students is comprehensible input,” says Huynh,…

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Teaching Content and Language Together Using Multimedia — Podcasts, Videos, and More!

Listenwise values the recommended instructional best practice of integrating content and language learning. Doing so is one of the four “Big Ideas” framing the updated WIDA 2020 ELD Standards Framework. Content–language integration means “multilingual learners develop content and language concurrently, with academic content as a context for language learning and language as a means for…

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Developing Academic Language Through WIDA’s Key Language Uses With Multimodal Lessons

In order to help prioritize and organize the integration of content and language, WIDA has identified four Key Language Uses:  Narrate Inform Explain Argue These provide focus through an increased emphasis on pedagogy that highlights genres as a way of organizing language use. WIDA’s Key Language Uses also provide a helpful framework for prioritizing academic…

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4 Ways to Build Phonemic Awareness with the ELD Lesson Library

Our ELD Lesson Library has been carefully designed to support beginning and intermediate-level English language learners develop proficiency. As these students build a foundation of literacy in another language, while deepening content knowledge, educators can use Listenwise features to scaffold development of essential components of literacy, including phonemic awareness.  Phonemic awareness is the ability to…

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