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Podcasts For High School Students: ELT listening

Podcasts For High School Students: ELT listening | TELT |
50 Of The Best Podcasts For High School Students by Dennis Lee, This post is the first part to a 3-part series entitled “250 things any high school student must learn”. High school is...

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Recommended authentic listening: podcasts for native-speaking teenagers, so suitable for more advanced learners, classified by topic.

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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | TELT |


Multiple choice comprehension questions on graded audio recordings of scripted dialogues, plus vocabulary and grammar exercises.

60 second recordings of scripted monologues, with gap-fill, spelling, and discussion exercises.

Huge range of listening (audio, video) and pronunciation (transcription) resources with learning activities.

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

Oxford dictionaries spelling challenge: type each word you hear to see how well you can spell

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

Scripted audio and video clips with optional captions and comprehension questions.

Fill in the blanks as you listen to and watch music videos.

The US Public Broadcasting Service features a daily video news report with transcript and discussion questions.



Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

Streaming and downloadable free audiobooks

Fairy stories and classic books to listen to and read online or via podcast.

Over one thousand full-length documentaries in English on a variety of topics.



2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.



Live audio/video chat (chat with native speakers) Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).





The phonemic chart plus sounds, stress and intonation exercises.  

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

The Sounds of American English: articulatory phonetics of vowels and consonants with animation, video and transcription






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What university students in France choose to work on for a complementary self-study assignment in an introductory class on phonetics for pronunciation skills.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:40 AM

My second year English majors found more listening than speaking activities, but some daring individuals tried out a number of free live audio/video chat sites designed for language learning.

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Hack(ing) School(ing): Make students curators

Hack(ing) School(ing): Make students curators | TELT |
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Leslie M-B is assistant professor of history in Idaho and has this thought-provoking post on using collaborative digital projects to improve the teaching and learning of history:

"To move beyond the era of content standards, we need to acknowledge—and convey to our teacher candidates—that one need not be an expert in a content area in order to teach it.  We already see this attitude in English classes, where the  literary canon has been in flux for some time. As an English teacher, I wouldn’t need to be an acknowledged expert on, or even a specialist in, Huckleberry Finn to teach it to junior high school students. Instead, I’d need to know how a novel works; I’d need to know how plot, characters, conflict, and other literary devices combine.  Knowing the history is necessary, too, but information about what was going on in the U.S. at the time Twain wrote his novel is only an internet search away.  I need not have learned it at some fixed point way back in tenth grade and filed it away until I required it in my own classroom teaching."

Much of this is of course directly applicable to the language classroom.

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Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:14 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent