Listening Beyond the Coursebook Possible Drawbacks Involve inauthentic tasks Only usually test comprehension Use graded language/provide the learner with no exposure to real English Topics often uninteresting or inappropriate No development of listening skills Learners are unable to interact with a recording No use of features of speech (clarification) Encourages passive listening
Listening Beyond the Coursebook The teachers voice is a neglected resource in providing listening practice in which the speaker can continuously monitor the listeners interest, attention and apparent comprehension, adding any necessary repetitions, reformulations and explanations, and where the listeners can give the speaker signals – so that the listener is not just passive, but is more a successful receiver, and understanding is mutually constructed. What is a live Listening?
Listening Beyond the Coursebook What might the advantages be of using an activity like this? Describe and Draw
Listening Beyond the Coursebook What are the advantages of this activity? What other topics could be used? Using a Lexical Approach Talking about your weekend.
Listening Beyond the Coursebook Talking about a Topic
Listening Beyond the Coursebook Instructions: (models/tasks) TPR Activities: Guest Speaker: (invent spoof CV, learners prepare questions) Real Guest Speaker: (have a colleague come in and talk about a hobby or interest) Anecdotes & Stories: Other Ideas for Listening Activities What kind of tasks might you use with these activities? How could you extend them?
Listening Beyond the Coursebook Practising Micro Skills Replace the word Wrong Word Predict a Word Discrimination Quiz
Listening Beyond the Coursebook A Model for Live Listening As prescribed by Nick Bilbrough. Listening Unplugged! http://www.hltmag.co.uk/dec08/pubs02.htm 1) The teacher talks for about a minute about herself. This can be focused around a particular area of language like likes and dislikes, or past experiences. The learners listen. 2) The learners try to remember and orally reconstruct what was said in pairs. 3) They individually prepare to speak about themselves using the same area of language. 4) They tell their partners, who listen and try to remember what is said. 5) Partners report back to the speaker, saying what they have remembered.
Listening Beyond the Coursebook What advantages might these listening activities have over published material? More motivating and realistic Activities are more interactive Speaker can monitor reactions and understanding Visual stimulus Minimal use of materials and preparation Promotes more active listening
Listening Beyond the Coursebook Links & Reading Listening Unplugged Nick Bilbrough www.hltmag.co.uk/aug09/less02.rtf http://www.tefl.net/alexcase/tefl/alt- techniques/live-listening/ Skills and strategies towards a new methodology for listening.Skills and strategies towards a new methodology for listening. J Field - 1998 eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/2/110.full.pdf Listening Goodith White OUP 1998