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: Steroids in Sports

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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Lance Armstrong lost his Nike sponsorship and was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles due to a steroids scandal. Check out this week’s podcast for a discussion starter you can use in class!

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Detective Series – Audio Preview

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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Who stole the missing ring? Today’s podcast offers a sneak preview from our Detective Series. October is the perfect month to start this section with your students! Can they solve the mystery?

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Podcast: Drones

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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Is the use of drones a form of terrorism? Let your students decide! Check out this week’s podcast preview of our NEW lesson plan on drones. Don’t forget to share the listening link with your students.

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Podcast: Barack Obama

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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We received many requests for a lesson plan on Barack Obama. Here is a podcast preview of our NEW Famous People lesson plan. Please share it with your English learners!

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Podcast: Yom Kippur

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is a day to let bygones be bygones. Learn all about this important Hebrew holiday in this week’s podcast!

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Podcast: 5 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping Well

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Do you play with gadgets before bed? Does your office double as your bedroom? Listen to today’s podcast in class and discover 5 reasons why you and your students may not be getting enough sleep!

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Podcast: Graffiti

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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This week’s mini-podcast is all about graffiti. Is it a crime, a nuisance, or an art form? Let your students decide!

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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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Dying with Dignity

Brittany Maynard was a young American woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She chose to move to Oregon state where she had the right to die with dignity.

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Can We Ever Use “Ever” with the Simple Past?

ESL-Library blog: November 20, 2014

Is it possible to use "ever" with the simple past? Find out the difference in meaning when "ever" is used in present perfect and simple past questions, and see examples of the different tenses that can be used with this emphatic adverb.

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