I’m going to confess, I did not bring podcasts into my English classroom with any intention of improving my students’ literacy skills. The idea came from a more selfish place: My wife and I were enthralled by the first few episodes of Serial, and I wanted to share our excitement for the amazing story with my students. Like almost everybody, they were hooked by the pilot episode and begged me for more.

Using Serial turned out to be a huge academic success for a variety of reasons, most of them related to critical thinking, listening...

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  • About the Author:

    Michael Godsey has taught English in central California for 15 years. On the side, he writes about education at www.mikegodsey.com. When they find time, he and his wife publish formal lesson plans for using podcasts (particularly Serial) in the classroom.