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: 9/11 Heroes

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

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This week’s podcast offers a preview of our Famous People lesson plan about the heroes of 9/11. From firefighters to police to everyday people, hundreds sacrificed their own lives to help others survive the attack.

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Podcast: Neil Armstrong

By Tara Benwell

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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What was it about flying machines that fascinated Neil Armstrong so much? Why was leaving the “a” out of his famous moonwalk quote such a memorable mistake? Today’s mini-podcast is an audio preview of our NEW lesson plan on this legendary astronaut.

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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: The Pentagon

ESL-Library blog: September 24, 2014

In this week's podcast, students learn all about the Pentagon, the home of the US Department of Defense. Listen to the podcast and try our ready-made Famous Places lesson plan.

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