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In most schools, the skill of listening comprehension gets little attention. Now that state and national assessments are starting to include listening items, it’s important find ways to incorporate listening comprehension practice into lessons. Listenwise can be used throughout instruction whether in whole group, small group, or independent learning. These radio stories can be used […]

Using a story can engage students in current, local topics that relate to content you are teaching. These stories can be used throughout instruction to engage students, to practice listening, to extend learning, to reinforce content and concepts, to support research, or as a review of content. They can also clarify concepts, preview a unit, […]

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 […]

During Women’s History Month, use these Listenwise audio stories to help students learn about incredible women who have accomplished amazing things.  Expand your students’ knowledge of women’s achievements around the globe.     Women’s Suffrage Hear from people who remember the fight for women’s right to vote in 1919, and Tennessee’s pivotal ratification vote.     […]

Two reading events are celebrated this week—World Read Aloud Day  and Read Across America. These days focus on the importance of reading and storytelling and to “cultivate a new generation of leaders, storytellers and academic achievers, effecting change for themselves, their communities, and the world.” How can you celebrate in your classroom using Listenwise? Listewise provides […]

We have exciting news to share!  We have launched new PREMIUM features for students. You asked for a student-directed option of Listenwise resources, and we have now upgraded PREMIUM student accounts to be able to search and browse our complete library of public radio stories! That means they can search all 800 + current events […]

Every Friday, we post a special Current Events story that presents a topic that will inspire a lively debate. Use these stories as a springboard for structured debates in your classrooms. Our Current Events on Fridays also include interactive transcripts that can support students in finding evidence to support their claims and defend their reasoning. […]

The compelling audio stories on public radio are the perfect authentic listening situations to engage students and improve their listening. Effective listening is a critical skill as our communication technology and business environments continue to evolve. Listening to non-fiction in an accessible, narrative format helps students gain skills and knowledge that align to their curriculum. […]