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A framework for planning a listening skills lesson

A framework for planning a listening skills lesson
In this article I intend to outline a framework that can be used to design a listening lesson that will develop your students' listening skills and look at some of the issues involved. The basic framework Pre-listening While listening Post-listening Applying the framework to a song Some conclusions The basic framework The basic framework on which you can construct a listening lesson can be divided into three main stages. Pre-listening, during which we help our students prepare to listen. While listening, during which we help to focus their attention on the listening text and guide the development of their understanding of it. Post-listening, during which we help our students integrate what they have learnt from the text into their existing knowledge. Pre-listening There are certain goals that should be achieved before students attempt to listen to any text. While listening When we listen to something in our everyday lives we do so for a reason.

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Sentence-Phrase-Word: Capturing the essence of a text In this post I will describe the Sentence-Phrase-Word thinking routine. It is a routine that helps learners engage meaningfully with a text with a focus on capturing “what speaks to them”. It also calls for them to justify their choices which makes it a useful springboard into a speaking activity.

10 useful websites for ELT A self-development task during my diploma last year asked me to list all the websites I found useful in my ELT practice. The document I created spanned about 6 pages – it could easily have been longer. I’m sure there’s a lot of common ground between us teachers, experienced or not. A majority of the sites I use were either found through a Google Search or passed on from colleagues. Nevertheless, I think it’s worth listing a few of my favourite sites as some serve rather specific purposes.

Listening And Speaking Strategies Objectives Students willLearn how to be a good listener.Learn how to be a good speaker.Practice listening and speaking skills with classmates. Materials Reading makes us better Raphael Lysander, a graphic designer and owner of Bluewolf Aleppo, has just released an infographic on the benefits of reading. We shared reading infographics many times before, but the new visualization brings new facts into the spotlight. The benefits are grouped in chapters (health, brain, success, children, etc.). On top of what we already know – for instance the fact that reading 6 minutes a day can reduce stress by 60% – there are other meaningful comparisons here. Reading reduces stress three times better than walking, and 68% better than listening to the music. Reading is also an important factor in increasing empathy. 40% of readers volunteer for non-profit organizations.

How To Become a Better Person This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Tracy Foster for The School of Life titled How to Become a Better Person. Students work on abstract nouns, discuss virtues important in the modern world and watch a short film. Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1) Lesson Plans: Listening Listening Lesson Plan Where am I? Teacher: Yoko Saito Date: October 14, 1997 Time: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm Number of Students: 10 Common interview questions and how to answer them For even the most competent job hunter, interviews are tough. While research shows it's important to come across as professional, high-energy and confident what you say will also have a big effect on whether or not you get the job. Some interview questions come up time and time again so what's the best way to answer them?

Tasks for Building Vocabulary - ELT Connect Hands up who has stayed up all hours of the night, pacing the room, cramming for an exam the following morning to regurgitate all that had been ‘learned’ the night before! Long-winded quotes, citations, names and dates, formulas that you didn’t know what to do with, but had a clear visual of what it should look like? We’ve all been there! I’d like to say we have all moved on from ‘learn the list of regular verbs on page 54 and you’ll be tested tomorrow’ and as teachers, I think we have, but how do we know how our students learn when they are left to their own devices? Do they repeat x 5 times a list of ‘get’ phrasal verbs they found on Google, in the hope the ‘put’ list from last week has cemented itself to their long-term memories and needs never to be touched again? And how short are our short-term memories anyway?

Listening skills lesson plans: Catching up on news By Miles Craven Listening for specific information, inferring relationships and inferring meaning. Procedure The 100 best novels: an introduction If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the Observer can adduce empirical evidence. Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, provocatively entitled "The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time". Say what you like about lists, but this one rapidly developed a life of its own, like a sci-fi alien. Once the initial furore – why no Updike?

4 Ways to Use Literature in Class. - ELT Connect There is no question that literature can be daunting for language learners. Many of my students experience of learning English was translating entire books word-for-word into their own language at high school – I remember one student who spent 4 years translating ‘1984’ in English lessons. I can understand the dismay students feel when I mention the word ‘literature’ in lessons, so in order to give students a more positive and productive experience of English literature, I’ve come up with 4 ways to use literature in class without so much as a hint of grammar translation. 1. Book Cover Blurbs Photocopy the back and front cover of a selection of graded readers.

Listening lesson plans A selection of worksheets and lesson plans for imaginative listening lessons from our panel of expert authors. Topic-based lessonsA series of topic-based listening lesson ideas from Miles Craven with an emphasis on authentic, real-world listening, using both native and non-native speaker accents.Miscellaneous listening worksheetsAn extensive selection of worksheets and lesson plans from Macmillan resources.Obama's 2008 victory speechThis comprehensive lesson plan by Rosie McAndrew, available at intermediate and advanced levels, focuses on the final part of Barack Obama's presidential victory speech. Students complete pre- and post-listening activities, including a focus on the literary style of the speech and Internet-based research tasks.

Best Young Adult Novels, Best Teen Fiction, Top 100 Teen Novels It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category. Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous response that came in for this summer's Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. A whopping 75,220 of you voted for your favorite young adult novels, blasting past the total for last year's science fiction and fantasy poll at, dare we say it, warp speed. 16 ways to improve your whiteboard work I had my first lesson observation at the British Council Bangkok the other day. I still have a job, woohoo! I got some very surprising feedback from my line manager: ‘your board work was a real strength’. Boardwork? Strength?! I did NOT expect that!