Listenwise ELD lessons include the features you’re used to seeing on general education lessons (e.g., listening organizers, vocabulary, interactive transcripts), but they also include additional resources to support students at lower levels of English language proficiency. These lessons are developed using a sheltered instruction approach, and include various instructional tips for differentiating by English language proficiency level within every stage of the lessons. Discover the unique components of a Listenwise ELD lesson below:
ELD lessons include instructional videos that can be viewed before listening to the podcast to activate and build background knowledge. They include English captions, with the option to use Spanish subtitles on the featured video (the first video). Learn more about viewing supports.
All ELD lessons offer the option to view content in Spanish (other languages are not currently available). From your teacher account, if you switch to view the lesson in Spanish (see screenshot below), the following items will translate from English to Spanish:
- The lesson title and invitation to listen
- The subtitles on the featured video
- The transcript of the audio (it will not be an interactive transcript)
- Comprehension questions, discussion themes, and other assignment resources
- Quiz questions and answers under the Quiz tab
ELD Teacher’s Guide
Lessons are designed for flexible use in different contexts. For optimal learner support, we recommend teaching ELD lessons synchronously, with opportunities for students to speak with each other, ask and answer questions, etc. The listening guides for these lessons include suggested protocols to follow before, during, and after students listen to the podcast. They note differentiation opportunities to support students at different English proficiency levels for each activity.
All listening guides follow a similar format and include standard protocols throughout the lesson, with some customization for each podcast.
Lessons include guidance and listening organizers to support three close listens. The first focuses on language with an organizer to track vocabulary, the second focuses on language and content with a cloze activity to place language in context, and the third focuses on content with an organizer to guide note-taking.
Lessons are designed to familiarize students with a set of proven protocols and practices that can be used in other instructional contexts as well. Once students become familiar with these routines, they will be able to complete them more independently. For more information about the ELD Teacher's Guide, see this article.
For more, watch this 4-minute tutorial about our ELD lesson library: