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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…

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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:  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 ELs Immersive Spanish language supports— with plans to expand to more languages…

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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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