iPods and English Language Learners

Our middle school has a growing number of English Language Learners. Do you know of any innovative, technology-supported language acquisition strategies for these students?

I recently heard about a program that might be of interest. Grace Poli, the media specialist at Union City, New Jersey's Jose Marti Middle School runs an after school program called POD People. English language learners use iPods to increase their English proficiency by listening to audio books and songs. Students also use the voice recording feature to practice speaking English.

The program was so successful at the end of its first year that it has been expanded to 12 other schools in the district.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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