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: 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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Podcast: Protests – Not Without a Fight

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

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This week’s podcast offers a FREE audio preview of our NEW lesson plan on Protests. Listen to the podcast in class, or share the link with your students. Our podcasts are also available on iTunes.

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Podcast: Queen Elizabeth

By Tara Benwell

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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This week’s podcast is an audio preview of ESL-Library’s newly updated lesson plan on Queen Elizabeth II. Share this podcast with your students in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


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Podcast: Militarized Police

ESL-Library blog: August 26, 2014

In this week's podcast, students learn about an American program that transfers military surplus to local law enforcement agencies. What happens when a police department begins to look like the army?

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