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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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New Resource for Teaching Listening Comprehension: The Literacy Coach’s Toolkit

We are excited to share a free download to a new instructional toolkit. The toolkit contains sample strategy lessons focusing on two of the eight listening comprehension skills that are assessed via Listenwise quizzes (understanding vocabulary and identifying main idea).  These strategy lessons have been developed by Dr. Michael Opitz, co-author of Listen Hear! in…

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The Favorite Stories of the Year – From Students!

We can’t believe the school year is ending, but here are some awesome story highlights by student request. Not all these stories were published this past year, but these were stories that students this year mentioned as their favorites…Enjoy! Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet The story of “Romeo and Juliet” is a fictional Shakespearean tragedy about…

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How to Use Listenwise to Improve Listening, Literacy, and Language Skills

Listenwise is a flexible resource and can be used to meet many different goals for your students. Listening advances oral language skills and literacy through a wide range of activities and we describe a few in this blog. Our next blog will have additional ideas about using Listenwise to enhance engagement and critical thinking about…

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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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Educational Podcasts for Kids

Do kids even enjoy podcasts? Lindsay Patterson wrote in Current that “kids are far from passive listeners. Podcasts are a perfect medium to engage children’s natural curiosity, engagement and delight.” Molly Bloom, a producer of a kids podcast called Brains On! seems to think so as well… “There are a lot of kids who love Radiolab….

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8 Key Listening Comprehension Skills

Listening is key to all effective communication. To improve students’ listening skills, we need to be able to gather data on their performance, target specific areas of need, and then provide personalized instruction and targeted practice. At Listenwise, we support teachers by providing instructional support in literacy and other 21st century skills – particularly listening….

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Measures of Effective Listening

Today’s guest post is republished from June 22,  2016. Today’s post is written by Scott Petri, a High School History Teacher in California. Follow him on twitter @scottmpetri. Thirty-two years ago, Donald E. Powers wrote Considerations for Developing Measures of Speaking & Listening. It was published by the College Board, which expresses how important these measures are…

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Increasing Performance on Listening Assessments

Listenwise is unique in its focus on developing listening skills. Success in college and careers depends on effective communication, active listening, and understanding oral information. Listening comprehension and speaking skills help students process complex content— sometimes content with more complexity than they can read. State standards require that students be able understand diverse perspectives, summarize…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

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From how to teach vocabulary and analyze a story, discover how to use Listenwise stories to meet your instructional goals, whatever they may be. Check out our curriculum connection content to help align with the content you are teaching -
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Here's a great remote learning tip from Julie Waugh, on teaching listening. Listenwise is meaningful, high-quality lesson content that all students can benefit from!
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Remote Learning Tip #5: Purposeful Listening
Julie Waugh walks us through how she teaches purposeful listening with her upper level 8th grade English learners remotely in her 90 minute block classes. Ju...
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We've updated Listenwise to reflect the new teaching needs for remote and hybrid learning. We heard requests for more flexibility in scheduling when students could access assignments, more clarity about when assignments were due, and a faster process for making written assignments....and more...
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Listen to how educator Julie Waugh teaches listening via Zoom with her class in remote learning. She has her students listen twice before answering questions and enjoys giving her class the shared experience of listening to the audio podcast altogether- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu1DNGxZ4fg&list=PLXPBkl56174JRNYpLTBj06ErikT8l0ZBL&index=19&t=152s
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Teaching Listening On Zoom: Synchronous & Asynchronous Remote Learning Instruction
Julie Waugh teaches listening in a 90-minute block with both synchronous & asynchronous time. The first 45 minutes is synchronous time where they listen to L...
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Quick start guide to using podcast lessons in remote teaching: http://ow.ly/tMRU50ClXRE
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Listen to hear how Beth, who is currently teaching fully remote, used the Listenwise story, "Michelle Obama on Becoming" to focus on vocabulary, listening, speaking, and writing skills with her students.
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