How I Use It
Listen Current has facilitated content-rich units for my ESL classes. The rigorous interdisciplinary topics are current and relevant, containing academic vocabulary and graphic support as well as links to relevant sites for deeper learning. It is not designed for ESL and is therefore, perfect for classes that are inclusive of special populations. Lessons are easy to personalize and differentiate for individual learning but are appropriate for whole-class instruction. While listening is emphasized through transcripts provided, the topics and activities reinforce reading, speaking and writing as well. Teachers have the option of pre-selecting the material or allow for student selection of topics.
Listen Current is extraordinary. The resources provided in each unit provide numerous options for length and depth of teaching and learning. The scaffolds are helpful to ELLs at various levels and topics generate rich discussions while stretching their language and cognitive abilities. While I sometimes supplement the unit with materials and/or activities from other sites, Listen Current's premium version will provide enough resources to cover a topic in depth complete with detailed lesson plans. I think both new teachers and veteran teachers alike would enjoy using it. My only hesitation is the price for the premium version. Some schools may not find it affordable. However, I still highly recommend trying out the free version to enhance social studies, English language arts and science classes.