I don’t know why but I always feel that ESLPod is probably the most known website among English learners. However I thought of writing about this amazing website.
ESLPod was a free podcast available for everyone with some paid features. In 2016, the podcast became a fully paid program. With three plans: Unlimited English™, Select English™ and English Collections.
ESL Podcast is run by a team of experienced English as a Second Language professors with over 30 years of high school, adult, and university ESL teaching experience. Dr. Jeff McQuillan is the host and guide for each lesson, providing language and cultural explanations. Dr. Lucy Tse writes the scripts and story ideas for the lessons and helps with recording conversations for the lessons. Both Dr. Tse and Dr. McQuillan received a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and education at the University of Southern California.Dr. Tse was a professor of applied linguistics and education at Loyola Marymount University, Arizona State University, and California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. McQuillan was a professor of applied linguistics at California State University, Fullerton, and Arizona State University. Both are currently Senior Researchers at the Center for Educational Development, the sponsor of ESLPod.com, and have published dozens of articles and books in the area of second language acquisition. Each has appeared on CNN, and they have been quoted as experts in several national newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily News, among others. (ESLPod)
I’m not going to talk about their plans specifically but I’m going to talk about the lessons and why they worth trying.
So why I recommend it?
- The sound quality is BRILLIANT!
- Various topics including: Business, Travel + Transportation, Daily Life, Money, Shopping, Health + Medicine, Entertainment + Sports, Relationships + Family, Holidays and Festivals, American Writers and Artists, Famous Places, Cities, States, Popular Movies, Well-Known Books, Presidents + Politics, American History, Common Language Questions and Answers.
- The teacher explains vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verb and expressions during the lesson.
- The teacher spells some words sometimes.
- The PDF files are very detailed and useful.
- There are more than 1800+ mp3 and PDF files.
- Available for offline use.
- There are two types of the podcast as shown below.
The good thing is that there is a sample lesson on their website. You could check it out before you subscribe to their website.
Also few of their lessons are still available here, so try them before taking any further step.
The way it works is easy you listen to a conversation maximally for 2 minutes at a slow pace. Then the teacher explains it fully in details that includes things related to the American culture and language points. Then you listen again to the same conversation at a normal speed. But the Cultural English is different you just listen to the teacher talking about a topic or two the whole episode and then he answers a couple of questions from their listeners. Here is a sample.
I would recommend this website for people who like to listen a lot. Every now and then I sync different 100 episodes to my iPod and listen to them. And I find them really enjoyable especially Cultural English. However I wouldn’t recommend it for visual learners it’s solidly auditory website although now they have some video courses (here).
Don’t forget to try it! All the best. 😀