Understanding Other ELLs: An Overlooked Listening Skill

With so much attention on understanding fast speech in movies, TV shows, and other authentic sources, there’s an area of listening comprehension that may not receive the attention it deserves: the speech of language learners. Students tend to focus heavily on listening to native speakers and non-natives with advanced proficiency. As a result, they may…

4 Important Questions to Ask When Sharing a Documentary with Students

If you’re in a position to select authentic materials for upper level students, you’ve likely shared videos of various kinds. Have you worked with any documentaries? Good documentaries are designed not only to inform, but also to provoke thought. Prompting language production is what we want, but of course it must be done with care,…

Online Treasures: Free online downloads for listening practice

I discovered an interesting site with audio recordings that are all public domain. (The site states that copyright laws may differ outside the U.S.) LibriVox has a couple thousand selections to browse through: Aesop’s Fables, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, the preservationist John Muir’s adventures in Yosemite, and the works of Mark Twain,…