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5 Benefits of Using Podcasts to Teach Academic Language to ELs

Educators use multiple strategies to teach academic language to English language learners. However, listening is often overlooked as teachers work towards helping students develop skills in the other domains of language. Listening to academic language is a critical part of the language acquisition process for all students, especially ELs.  Podcasts are an excellent resource for…

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5 Ways Listenwise Podcasts Support Students With Disabilities

Listenwise’s design provides equitable educational opportunities for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 accommodations. A Listenwise user from South Carolina said: “I’m a Special Education teacher and I love the easy-to-use audio file and transcript—it has built-in accommodations for all students!” Check out the list below to learn more about…

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Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom with Podcasts

Many educators are seeking ways to diversify teaching resources and incorporate underrepresented voices and perspectives into their curriculum. Fortunately, Listenwise podcasts promote DEI & SEL goals! Sharing and discussing podcasts featuring stories and viewpoints of real people in their own voices can activate students’ emotions, validate their experiences, foster empathy, and promote understanding of diverse perspectives….

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The 1619 Project: Teaching Resources and Podcast Lessons

The 1619 Project offers a valuable opportunity to bring important fact-based history into the classroom. We believe educators who use Listenwise may find the guidance provided by our content philosophy helpful as they consider using The 1619 Project and our thematically related podcast lessons in their classrooms. At Listenwise, we believe that teachers and students…

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Podcast Lessons for Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Teaching students about the history, culture, traditions, music, art, and world views of Indigenous peoples is important to celebrating our shared sense of humanity.  Listenwise has a thematically-curated Native American Stories podcast collection featuring a variety of voices and experiences, past and present. Browse this collection, use the…

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Celebrating Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month

There is no better time to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Latino and Hispanic communities than National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15).  Listenwise has curated a collection of Latino and Hispanic American stories, which offer diverse voices and perspectives on a range of topics and issues. Browse this collection, use the…

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Teaching Resources for the Holidays

During this time of year, students and teachers alike start counting down the days until the next school break. Teaching about late fall and winter holidays with Listenwise podcast lessons can help keep your students engaged throughout the holiday season. Our podcast lessons about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, and other religious holidays can…

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How to Teach With Authentic Voices

What do we want our students to learn? Of course we want them to gain mastery in grade-level content and skills. We may also want them to acquire skills to manage their emotions, set goals, feel empathy, maintain good relationships and make good decisions. Integrating content learning with social and emotional learning is a process…

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Podcast Stories of Black History

Polls indicate that in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death in 2020, millions of people attended Black Lives Matter or police brutality protests. Estimates suggest that the number participating may have been 4-5 times as many as attended the 2017 Women’s Marches, which held the record previously. This data suggests that more than ever…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

Join Listenwise today to access podcast lessons from the best non-fiction storytellers and the largest library of listening comprehension quizzes for the classroom.

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