All Things ESL
with Hannah Benson
A podcast for ESL teachers and administrators on all topics relating to the English as a Second Language field.

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With immigrant rights and current discussions about border control, ESL teachers should be the first people interested in certain aspects of education politics, right? However, this episode explores whether or not the political interests of the…

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New immigrants are not always well-received into a community, even at the local education institution. This is an episode that explores what bias within ESL looks like: denied services, comments in the teacher’s lounge, peer-student interactions….

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Hannah Benson explores the importance of teacher apparel as our field (and culture) becomes progressively more casual…and what that does to our global image as educators. Special guest Dr. Karen Swallow Prior.

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Why should you teach reading for elementary ESL students when they are getting that instruction from their content teacher? Why/how should you spend time on advanced vocabulary for advanced ESL learners? Hannah Benson addresses these two vital parts…

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Hannah Benson gives the first award to Speech Language Pathology, explaining the difference between our fields, when/how to refer an ESL student to them, and giving credit for their aid in ESL advocacy, consultation, and resources. Guests Lisa Silvey…

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Hannah Benson explores the world of immigrant advocacy outside the realm of teaching in the classroom…or not teaching at all. Guests Dr. Sandra Hemphill (YouTube’s “The Language Lady”) and Laura Gardner.

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Hannah Benson talks with Dr. Maria Devou of the Glossomatheia Langauge, Learning & Research Center in Athens, Greece about her recent article, “The Child and The Screen: What Now?” Dr. Devou gives helpful tips on how to tweak the goal of our lessons…

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Hannah Benson reaches back in the files to hear again from previous guests about their educational background…and how much it actually prepared them for practical ESL teaching. Hannah outlines the “perfect” ESL certification program.

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Originally a Facebook Live Event, this episode discusses the pandemic of COVID-19, how it has affected ESL education online and within the school systems, which population of ELLs we are most concerned about, and what will happen as a result of the…

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Hannah Benson talks with Carol Salva about how to get students with gaps in their education reading and writing quickly. Orly Clapholz describes one school that created a system for their SIFE population–and discusses the need for a national…

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Author

Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.