Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

StoryCorps Unveils Searchable Archive Of 400,000 Interviews


I’ve posted often about StoryCorps – their great interviews and their wonderful app.

Today, they unveiled an archive containing the 400,000 interviews people have done with their app, and it’s searchable by “keyword or location or topic.”

It’s pretty amazing.

Unfortunately, the interviews don’t have transcripts, but they are still great listening resources.

I interviewed my in-laws using the app, though the app didn’t like my iPhone’s mike so I have to upload it separately.

The new archive’s debut is good timing since the Great Thanksgiving Listen is taking place where teachers are having students interview family members all across the U.S. and beyond.

I’m adding this info to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

September 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

New StoryCorps Animated Video On Vietnam War

I’m adding this brand-new StoryCorps animated video to The Best Resources To Learn About The Vietnam War.

Here’s how they describe it:

After being drafted in 1969, Tom Geerdes served as an Army medic in the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Like many veterans, he returned home a changed man. At StoryCorps, Tom shared his long journey toward healing with his daughter, Hannah Campbell.

June 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

StoryCorps Begins Weekly Video Series That Would Be Excellent For ELLs

I’m a big fan of StoryCorps and have written about them many times.

They’ve recently begun producing a “weekly broadcast” described as “Stories from Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.”

These are short and simple videos with images and the transcript appearing as the words are spoken.

You can see all of them at this YouTube playlist.

Here’s their latest one:

I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

October 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

StoryCorps & Upworthy Create Neat Video Series

I’ve previously posted many pieces about StoryCorps, including their exceptional video animations.

Recently, they began a joint project with Upworthy to create a series of animated videos called #WhoWeAre, “a campaign to share the stories of every Americans, build compassion, and offer hope to a divided nation.:

You can see all of them here.

They’re short and very visually engaging. Here are a couple of their most recent ones:

September 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

StoryCorps Kicks-Off “Great Thanksgiving Listen” Again


I posted a lot about last year’s StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen, and they’re doing it again this year.

You can find out lots of information – along with downloading resources – at their website, and here’s how they describe the event:

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

In its pilot year of 2015, thousands of high schools from all 50 states participated and preserved over 50,500 individual recordings at the Library of Congress. In 2016, StoryCorps will continue to work with educators around the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

September 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New StoryCorps Video: “School’s Out”

StoryCorps has just published a new video, School’s Out.

Here’s how they describe it:

Reverend James L. Seawood remembers what happened to his elementary school after the last African American family was forced out of Sheridan, Arkansas, in the 1950’s.

It’s an important and necessary story to tell, though it’s pretty depressing…

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