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English Learners and Listening – Listen Wise Book Ch. 5 Sneak Peek

(Pre-order the book and get stickers for your class!) Today’s blog post explores teaching listening to English learners from the chapter 5 in my upcoming book: Listen Wise: Teach Students to be Better Listeners. You can read more about why listening is a skill that matters (chapter 1), the neuroscience behind listening (chapter 2), and…

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Insights into Remote Teaching of English Learners (ELs)

I’ve been listening to English language educators this fall as they share how they are reaching their students in what are likely the most challenging educational circumstances they have ever faced. In a series of webinars we called “Teacher Talks: What’s Working with ELs in Remote Learning,” I’ve heard both disheartening and uplifting stories.  We…

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3 Special Features in Listenwise to Engage English Learners in Listening

Last year’s school closings and this year’s remote and hybrid learning have disproportionately impacted English learners (ELs). Some students have limited exposure to spoken or written English at home, and for many, the months spent away from the classroom have resulted in significant language losses. Now, many teachers are working to help their ELs regain…

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Teaching Authentic Academic Language Remotely

Guest post by Robbi Holdreith, a middle school ELL teacher and coordinator at Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota As I began to plan lessons for the new school year, I knew that Listenwise would be a part of my coursework for grades 5-8. For me, one of the top benefits of the Listenwise platform…

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Teaching English Language Learners Remotely Using Listenwise

English language learners (ELs) may need extra support when learning remotely, as many do not regularly hear English spoken at home. Listenwise offers a curated collection of more than 2000 podcast lessons featuring engaging nonfiction audio stories that can give students practice listening to naturally spoken English. These stories are full of academic language and…

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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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Motivation and English Learners

We often focus on literacy and language skills when thinking about what English Learners need to succeed.  And certainly that is an extremely important element! But one thing that struck us in the feedback from teachers using Listenwise is the impact of a relevant, captivating story. We hear over and over how students will naturally…

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Supporting ELs with Authentic Listening

Teachers around the country are challenged by the growing number of English language learners in their classrooms. The EL population is the fastest growing population of public school students in the U.S. according to the National Education Association. However only 2.5% of teachers who teach these English learners have a degree in ESL or bilingual…

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Listening with English Learners

By Sam Perez, ESOL Middle School Teacher Boise, Idaho I teach English as a new language to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. My students are diverse–from a variety of countries, each with a unique story. I came across Listenwise while searching for online resources and listened to the story about the Middle East:…

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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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