Teacher Review for Listenwise

Enhances Listening, But Reinforces Reading, Writing and Speaking - Great Tool!

Anabel G.
Classroom teacher
Lake Norman High School
Mooresville, NC
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Learning
EdTech Mentor
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
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.
My Take
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.