ILC Podcast #9 – Invisible Man vs. Hawkman (Authentic)

Podcast #9 – Invisible Man vs. Hawkman (Authentic English)

This podcast is 13 minutes long, starting at 6:02 (the link automatically is set at this point), and ending at 19:06.  In the podcast, normal people are interviewed about the age-old question of which is a better superpower: invisibility or flying.

Audio:  https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/178/superpowers?act=1#play

Listening Text and Discussion Topics: https://goo.gl/7Lcn3y

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has the listening text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen. You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

 

ILC Podcast #8 – Is Student Life All Good? (ESL)

Podcast #8 – Is Student Life All Good? (ESL Pre-Int to Int)

This is a 6-minute-long podcast from BBC English talking about the good and bad sides of life at university and the stress of university life.

 

The complete website including audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-151210

Direct audio link: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6min/151210_6min_english_university_life_download.mp3

Listening Text, Discussion Topics, and Extra Materials: https://goo.gl/YrYHZG

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has a reading text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

ILC Podcast #7 – Finding the Fake News King (Authentic)

Podcast #7 – Finding the Fake News King (Authentic English)

A few days before the 8 Nov 2016 US election, an extraordinary story appeared in hundreds of thousands of Facebook feeds. It had a photo of a burning house with firemen rushing in. The headline read, “FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide.”

It was all fake. There was no FBI agent. Nobody died. The site it was published on, The Denver Guardian, isn’t a real news source. It was one of many fake stories that appeared before the election.

There is one part of the article that was real: the ads. Someone was making money off this phony news article and dozens of others like it.

In this podcast, the reporters play internet detective to find the source of this one fake news story.  They follow the digital trail to a suburban home, and come face-to-face with a man behind the fake news. Then he tells his secrets.

You might want to get familiar with the topic of fake news by reading “Sahte Haber Nasil Anlasilir?” or “Bir Haberin Gercek Olup Olmadigi Nasil Anlasilir“.

Podcast page with streaming audio (you can also download an MP3 from this link):  http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/12/02/504155809/episode-739-finding-the-fake-news-king

Listening Text and Discussion Topics:  https://goo.gl/EQ2DKB

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has the listening text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen. You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

ILC Podcast #6 – Do You Think For Yourself? (ESL)

 

Podcast #6 – Do You Think For Yourself? (ESL Pre-Int to Int)

This is a 6-minute-long podcast from BBC English about the idea of groupthink and being an individual.

The complete website including audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-160414

Direct audio link:  http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6min/160414_6min_english_groupthink_download.mp3

Listening Text, Discussion Topics, and Extra Materials:  https://goo.gl/GnJmRd

A video about the Asch Conformity Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYIh4MkcfJA

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has a reading text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

ILC Podcast #5 – Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me (Authentic)

 

 

 

 

Podcast #5 – Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me (Authentic English)

This is a 16-minute podcast from The Moth in which Ed Gavagan tells his own story of being attacked on the street and what happened afterwards.

Audio Link: https://themoth.org/stories/whatever-doesnt-kill-me

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9vKRqtGZi8

Listening Text and Discussion Topics: https://goo.gl/7nxH5f

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has the listening text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

ILC Podcast #4 – Penicillin, Breaking the Mould (ESL)

Podcast #4 – Penicillin, Breaking the Mould (ESL Pre-Int to Int)

This is a 6-minute-long podcast from BBC English about the importance of the discovery of penicillin.

Audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-160922

Listening Text and Discussion Topics:  https://goo.gl/cXemQ6

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has a reading text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

Cumulative Exam Readiness Survey

Teachers,

Recently, we have seen some articles and research reports online that discuss the benefits of students taking a readiness survey before taking an exam.  The results showed that students who took a survey that asked questions about their exam goals and preparation methods scored significantly higher on the exam than students who did not take the survey.  The idea was that the students who took the survey were getting involved in metacognition about their exam, which led them to use better study habits.

If you are interested in trying this with your own students, the ILC has created a Cumulative Exam Readiness Survey that you can use with your students in class, or let them take on their own.  In order for the students to have a written record of their answers, you should show the survey with the overhead projector and have them write their answers on paper.  Please note that if the survey is done online, there is no way to retrieve the results of an individual student, but everyone who takes the survey can see the aggregate responses.

We hope this will be a useful resource for you and your students.  The link again is: https://goo.gl/Z7jXjc

 

 

ILC Podcast #3 – Squirrel Cop (Authentic)

Podcast #3 – Squirrel Cop (Authentic English)

This is a 13-minute podcast from This American Life that tells a funny story about one event in the work life of a small-town policeman.

Audio:  https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/510/fiasco?act=3#play

Listening Text and Discussion Topics: https://goo.gl/5GDXW9

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has the listening text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

ILC Podcast #2 – Why Do Cities Make Us Rude? (ESL)

Podcast #2 – Why Do Cities Make Us Rude? (ESL Pre-Int to Int)

This is a 6-minute-long podcast from BBC English about how cities affect our behavior.

Audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-170202

Reading Text and Discussion Topics: https://goo.gl/ED6rn3

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has a reading text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.

 

ILC Podcast #1 – Game Changer (Authentic)

Podcast #1 – Game Changer (Authentic English)

This is a 10-minute podcast from 99% Invisible about an important change made to the game of basketball.

Audio: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-77-game-changer/

Listening Text and Discussion Topics: https://goo.gl/hJox8K

About Podcasts and the Podcast Chat

Podcasts are short (5-20 minute) audio files on a specific topic.  Sometimes it is just one person talking, sometimes it is a conversation.  They can tell a story about a person’s life, give information about the world around us, or take us into someone’s imagination.

The ILC Podcast Club presents podcasts on this website for anyone to listen to in their own time.  Each podcast has the listening text available to help you through any difficult listening parts.

There are also discussion topics available for each question, for you to read and think about after you listen.  You can also use the discussion topics as writing prompts.