Teaching listening

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  • pudding
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    30 April, 2007 at 12:21
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    I’m looking for some inspirational ways to teach listening skills. The same old comprehension questions and gap fills get a bit tired after a while. Anyone tried anything different recently?

    Cheers, pudding

    Sue Swift
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    1 May, 2007 at 10:16
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    I always work from the student’s previous knowledge and start by asking them to discuss everything they know about the topic or give them a questionnaire on it. All their answers – right, wrong, and irrelevant – then go on the board without comment. The listening task is then to see whether the speaker(s) give the same information, give contradictory information, give extra information or don’t mention what the students say at all.

    Alternatively, try teacher-led listenings where you throw away the tape recorder entirely. My favourites are anecdote telling and interactive story telling. You’ll find an article on Interactive Story Telling in the TEFL Resources section of this site (see the Home Page for the Link), while there’s an article on anecdote telling and others on various aspects of listening on my site, An ELT Notebook. You can access them through the Teaching Listening category in the sidebar.


    For articles on ELT methodology and practical activities – http://eltnotebook.blogspot.com

    pudding
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    1 May, 2007 at 14:02
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    Thanks Sue, some great ideas – I’m beginning to feel inspired again…!!

    Cheers, pudding

    Mr. G
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    5 August, 2008 at 4:50
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    I just did a brain storm on your question and I came up with an odd answer, or possible answer. If there is a Starbucks there, take them to starbucks and have them listen to someone speaking english order coffee, or coffee drinks.

    Cheers :)

    Mr. G. In California

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