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CAASPP/SBAC Listening Practice: NPR Podcast Lessons for State Assessment Prep

Are you seeking to improve your listening scores on the SBAC, CAASPP, ELPAC, ILEARN, English I and II assessments, TELPAS, WIDA, or other standardized tests?  ELA and ESL state assessments focus on listening skills in at least 22 states and counting. We know that test preparation can be stressful for teachers and students alike, and…

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Robotics and American Literature Classes Implement Listenwise at Griffiths Middle School

Listenwise CEO Monica Brady-Myerov recently visited classrooms in California and shares her experiences here. Griffiths Middle School in Downey, CA. I had the privilege of visiting one of the many middle schools in California implementing Listenwise across the school. I wanted to share the inventive, inspiring and successful ways I saw teachers at Griffiths Middle…

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Facilitating Online Discussions in Google Classroom

Engaging students in substantive, meaningful discussions that demand critical and creative thinking can be challenging in any instructional context. When the magic happens, however, such conversations can be the stuff of teachers’ most memorable classroom moments. Well-framed, authentic, respectful academic discussions provide opportunities for students to build effective arguments backed with evidence, make connections between…

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Listenwise Educators: Practice with Listening Comprehension Skills

Did you know that twenty-two states now assess listening on their annual English Language Arts assessment? Notably, in Indiana, listening skills are now being tested on ILEARN, and this spring, listening is being tested as part of the English I and II assessments in Missouri. In Texas, the English Learner assessment, the TELPAS, is now bringing…

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Using Listenwise to Address Common Core Shifts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for several Key Shifts in Language Arts that have implications across the curriculum. Listenwise can help teachers of many subjects address these shifts. Shift 1: Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language Listenwise audio stories are engaging complex texts full of academic language. They are authentic…

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Comparing CAASPP and ELPAC Listening Assessments

The blog was published in March 2018 and updated in November 2019. This blog is meant to be a helpful resource for California educators whose students are tested on their listening skills through the English learner assessment called the ELPAC and within the ELA portion of CAASPP.  See below how the ELPAC compares with the…

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Planned Speaking Practice

Interaction, oral language, speaking practice, cooperative learning, discussion groups–there are many ways to have students practice speaking and listening using academic language. Practice is necessary for students to develop into people who can articulate their thoughts and communicate effectively. And for English learners, speaking practice is critical. Research shows that oral proficiency won’t increase without…

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Data Shows Practicing Listening Works!

Listening Comprehension Data from 2 Schools Using Listenwise We get asked all the time, “Have you seen that practicing listening with students improves test scores?” The short answer is yes and we have some evidence from the data generated by our Listenwise Quiz to prove it. We know from cognitive research that increased listening practice…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Listening

Today’s post is written by Michael F. Opitz, professor emeritus of reading education from the University of Northern Colorado who has investigated numerous literacy topics, including listening over two decades. His substantive research on teaching listening resulted in his book, Listen Hear! 25 Effective Listening Comprehension Strategies (Heinemann, 2004). He is the author of and coauthor of…

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