ESL-Library Podcasts

These mini-podcasts are short and sweet and feature audio previews from ESL-Library lessons. Your students can listen to these recordings for homework or extra listening practice via iTunes. Watch for a new episode each Wednesday.

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Podcast: Baseball

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Take your students out to the ball game with this week’s mini-podcast. It’s all about baseball!

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Podcast: The Beatles

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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Beatlemania is back! 2012 marks 50 years since the four key members formed The Beatles. Enjoy an audio preview of our NEW Famous People lesson plan on the Fab Four in this week’s podcast.

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Podcast: Track and Field

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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What is your favourite Track and Field event? Why are the fastest runners often from Jamaica? Share this week’s mini-podcast with your English learners. Then try the lesson plan!

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Podcast: The Olympics

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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What kind of events were held in the ancient Olympic Games? When were the Olympic Games first divided into winter and summer games? Find out these facts and more in this week’s mini-podcast for English learners.

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Podcast: Fair Trade

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Do you check the labels before you buy chocolate, coffee, or tea? Do you trust the “fair trade” label? Today’s podcast is an audio preview of our recent Discussion Starter lesson on fair trade.

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Podcast: Banning Plastic Bags

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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Are plastic bags banned in your country? Check out this week’s podcast for a discussion starter topic to use in class.

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Podcast: The Calgary Stampede

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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This week’s podcast is an audio preview of our NEW lesson on The Calgary Stampede. The stampede is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week!

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Podcast: 4th of July – Independence Day

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Where did the term “sign your John Hancock” come from? Which two presidents died on Independence Day? What does the Declaration of Independence declare? Find out in this week’s podcast. It’s all about the 4th of July!

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Podcast: Soccer

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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If your students are watching football this week, you’ll need an excuse to teach them all about this sport in English! Where did the sport originate, and how did it take on the name “soccer” in some countries? Find out in this week’s podcast. Don’t forget to try our Famous Things lesson plan.

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Podcast: Father’s Day

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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Looking for a Father’s Day themed listening exercise for class this week? Check out this week’s podcast, and learn all about the Mother of Father’s Day.


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ESL-Library blog: September 11, 2014

English language learners can get easily confused by certain similar-sounding words. Try teaching than and then using the following method to help students get these terms straightened out once and for all!

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