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3 Listening Comprehension Tools & Strategies for the Classroom

Listenwise recently participated in an Edweek webinar, “Strategies for English Learners,” featuring Stanford’s Dr. Jeff Zwiers. In this webinar, Dr. Zwiers shared insight and research on teaching strategies for listening and speaking skills designed to help English learners acquire academic vocabulary using podcasts. Included in the discussion were examples of three listening comprehension tools that…

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Understanding the Listening–Reading Connection

Careful listening is a valuable lifelong skill. It helps us learn language, integrate stories from our past, forge human relationships, and succeed in school and the workplace. Starting from a very early age, listening is a key skill in helping children learn to read and become better readers. Understanding the connection between listening and reading is…

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How Do We Create Better Readers? Teach Listening.

A recent New York Times article, How to Get Your Mind to Read suggests that Americans are not good readers.   “Many of these poor readers can sound out words from print, so in that sense, they can read. Yet they are functionally illiterate — they comprehend very little of what they can sound out….

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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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Teaching Levels of 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…

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How are Listening and Reading Related?

Since this blog post was written we’ve written an updated blog in 2019 on the research between listening and reading entitled: “Understanding the Listening–Reading Connection.“ As humans, we have so many important ways we convey and understand information as we communicate.  We are born with ears, and are never actually taught how to listen—it’s understood…

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Read Along While You Listen

In a recent piece in The Atlantic, educator Michael Godsey writes about the impact of students reading transcripts while listening to podcasts.  Education Week has also explored the potential of captioned listening in supporting comprehension. Not only does research support the literacy impact of this practice, but it is vastly preferred by students! Godsey writes: “I already knew…

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