|The Serial Podcast for ESL Students|
My latest addiction is the Serial Podcast. If you haven't heard of it, you are perhaps not really living on planet Earth and you should definitely check it out, but be ready to binge listen because it's crazy addictive. I'm personally losing some sleep, waiting for episode 10 which was a week late due to American Thanksgiving and have had to start listening to podcasts about the podcast (Slate Serial Spoiler) in order to get my fix.
Anyway, when it came time to decide on something to study with my three, reasonably advanced and motivated students I decided to use this podcast. I wasn't sure if it would be too difficult for them or not, but with a combination of the transcript (Episode 1 Serial Transcript) and the Podcast itself, they seemed to understand most of it. They were pretty hooked on it right from the start, with all their papers filled with various colors of highlighter and notes and translations of words into Korean. I seriously think that they'd studied 10+ hours in only the few days since I'd seen them last. Our discussion was really interesting and filled with insights about human nature and other good stuff like that. It was work that didn't really seem like work and it made me feel happy to be a teacher.
If you have high-level students, definitely consider the Serial Podcast. I'd actually like to do an entire class using just this podcast and hope I have the opportunity in the future.
In case you're looking for more Serial transcripts:
Serial Episode 2 transcript
Serial Episode 3 transcript