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Who is 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. Lucy Tse writes scripts and story ideas for the podcasts, and records many of the dialogs and stories. The host for the podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who helps read the scripts and provides explanations for them.

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, and have published dozens of articles and books in the area of second language acquisition.  Each has appeared on CNN, and they have appeared in several national newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Daily News, among others.

Why are you doing this podcast?
For many people around the world, learning English is very important. Unfortunately, there are very few useful, effective sources for learning English. Most people take English classes, which help them up to a certain point. ESL Podcast is designed to help you continue to improve your English.

What’s so different about ESL Podcast?
Well, first, many of our podcasts are free to anyone who wants them. Second, ESL Podcast uses a very different approach than other courses or websites.

We believe the fastest way to improve your English is to listen to conversations and discussions you can understand. Many people try to improve their English by
listening or reading things that are too difficult. They understand only 40-50%, which means they are wasting half of their time!

At ESL Podcast, we provide English at a slower speed and use everyday phrases and expressions. We explain what these expressions mean and how to use them. That’s all! It’s simple, it’s obvious, and it’s very powerful.

ESL Podcast in the News

ESL Podcast has been mentioned in several international newspapers and media outlets.  Here is a partial list of those, along with links to the relevant files or websites.  (Note: Many newspapers do not have online archives.  In those cases, a PDF of the original article is provided for reference.)

Englisch per Podcast: Sprachenlernen mit Humor” (Interview with Jeff McQuillan, ESL Podcast) on Deutschlandfunk (German National Radio) on September 4, 2009.

Internet desata fiebre por aprender ingles, aleman y hasta chino de manera gratuita” in Diario Financiero (Chile) on December 20, 2007.

Todos los idiomas en el bolsillo” in El Pais (Spain) on December 2, 2006.

Podcasts for Learning English” in Nan Fang Daily (China) on March 28, 2006.

Let Students Master Plain, Simple English” in The China Post (Taiwan) on June 5, 2008.

“‘Podcasts’ gratuitos facilitan el aprendizaje de idiomas” in La Nacion (Costa Rica) – February 23, 2009

Plug in, dial up, learn a foreign language” in Chicago Tribune (United States) – January 24, 2007

Los mejores podcast en iTunes” in MacWorld (Spain) – October, 2006.

If you can’t understand it, you can’t acquire it: Interview with Jeff McQuillan” on Language Learning (Czech website: výuka.jazyk?.cz) – June 19, 2007

Terms of Service
All podcasts sold here are copyrighted by the Center for Educational Development. By downloading the podcasts, you agree to use them for your personal use only, or, if you are a teacher of English, in your classroom.

Podcasts cannot be re-distributed, posted, shared, or placed on another server without the express written permission of the Center for Educational Development, Inc.

Schools and Universities: Schools and universities which wish to use the podcasts for their students in a language laboratory or on a password-protected course website (such as Blackboard) must obtain a site license from the Center before using their podcasts in this way.

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