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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:  NarrateInformExplainArgue 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 language development. Each…

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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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What Educators Are Saying: Our New ELD Lesson Library

Our teachers (left to right):Roxana Castro, 4-6 dual language, CASarah Choe, K-5 SpEd teacher, CORobin Hinchcliffe, EL Coordinator, CA We officially launched our ELD Lesson Library and teachers are already talking!  Today we’re sharing a conversation we had with three incredible EL educators, two from California and one from Colorado. Each of these teachers has…

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Introducing Our New ELD Lesson Library

This school year, give all your multilingual students a boost with new Listenwise features built specifically to support emergent ELs! Our newly-launched ELD Lesson Library’s multimodal lessons provide several exciting new features, including: Multimodal lessons (podcasts & videos)Optimized assignment experience for emergent ELsImmersive Spanish language supports— with plans to expand to more languages soon! With…

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Podcast Summer Listening List for Teachers

Summertime is almost here and with it comes an opportunity to step back, take a breath, and practice some self-care. We wish we could reach through the screen and give each and every one of you a high-five for getting through another school year. Instead, we’ve put together a podcast summer listening list designed to…

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Teaching Resources for Discussing School Shootings

On May 24th, 2022, a school shooting took the lives of 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This tragedy joins Parkland and Sandy Hook on the list of horrific school shootings that have taken place in the United States in the last 10 years. Along with the rest of…

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Applying the CASEL Framework with Podcasts to Teach SEL Skills

How can podcasts teach SEL skills? Can podcasts provide opportunities for teachers to integrate the CASEL framework in their classroom? Absolutely, according to California social studies teacher Dr. Scott Petri.  In 2021, we hosted a webinar with Dr. Petri where he shared practical teaching strategies for using podcasts to teach SEL skills to students. Did…

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How Podcast Lessons Can Build Critical Listening Skills with Multilinguals

We recently held a webinar with author, educator, and multilingual thought leader Valentina Gonzalez, “Building the Listening-Reading Connection for Multilinguals.” In this webinar, Gonzalez shared her valuable perspective on teaching both reading and listening skills to English language learners. Additionally, she shared two classroom strategies for teachers who want to leverage podcasts to deepen their…

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Podcast Solutions for Learning Loss

Listenwise podcasts are a helpful and easy-to-implement solution to make the most of teaching and learning time!  Given the interruptions to academic instruction that COVID-19 challenges have presented, we’ve shared instructional ideas below to help teachers feel confident that they are using our podcasts in the most effective ways to support their students’ learning goals. …

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