Academic listening and note-taking skills for community college second language students

Getting to know the "Finding Your Place" podcast series

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Hello everyone! Here is a link to a brief video intro for this OER. My name is Mike Mutschelknaus. I teach at Rochester Community and Technical College. After the switch to entirely online instruction in Spring 2020, my second-language students really struggled to continue developing their academic listening and speaking skills. It was hard for me to deliver content, hard for us to generate meaningful conversations on Zoom, and hard to gather their homework for assessment because they had limited technology access. 

I found a solution, the Finding Your Place podcast series. You should go there right now and check it out. It comes with an educator's guide and transcripts you can use. You can find the guide/transcript in the "Teaching Resources" section.  Although I use the podcast in my English for Academic Purpose EAP course with second-language students, you would also find it very useful for freshman orientation and first-year experience classes. 

In this OER, I will share the EAP lesson plan I used for each podcast episode, discuss the technologies that I used that actually worked, and provide my reflections and additional resources. If you have any questions, or would like to collaborate, you can reach me at <mike.mutschelknaus@rctc.edu> any time. I welcome your feedback.