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Ms. S. from Bronx NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Create a Listening Library for ESL readers

The cost of four tape recorders and two packs of deluxe cassettes is [price], including shipping and [fulfillment].

  • $187 goal

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I teach English Language Learners at a new small school in the Bronx. While preparing students for their English Language Arts exams, students in my advanced level ESL class stated that silent and independent reading for all content classes is difficult because the students "can't hear any English in their heads" or "can't imagine what the English should sound like." Unfortunately, my classroom currently has no audio equipment for student listening centers. In an effort to help students gain an understanding of tone and prosody, and in hopes that this might transfer into an internalized ability to have the English language "speak" to my students, I am proposing that my advanced level classes start a listening library. This would involve students reading selected poems, short stories, or plays, discussing the tone and inflection of the voice, and then recording a performance of the reading on cassette tape. Students can then use these tapes in a number of ways. They would have a renewable resource for vocabulary, content, and for comparisons of tone. They would then "donate" these recordings to a library, constructing cover art and a brief introduction to the text, so that future students could read along to their recording and gain an understanding of the expressive content of the language. My students would benefit from hearing their own production of English and from using audio recordings to access a higher comprehension of how poets and authors use language. For this project, my students would need four cassette tape recorders with microphones and at least twenty blank cassette tapes. Hearing language come alive through their voices would be invaluable to my students as they continue to gain proficiency in their second language. And having a personal connection to the literature will aid in their ability to retain the experience and lessons of literature.

Ms. S.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TAPE RECORDER W/MICROPHONE • Nasco $22.45 4 $89.80
Deluxe Cassettes, Sonic Sealed, • Highsmith Inc. $14.95 2 $29.90

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