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TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

  • 1.  TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 06-04-2017 10:16
    Edited by Donna French Lucas 07-04-2017 10:26

    Recently, I have returned to dictation as an effective way to get adults to pay close enough attention to understand what they are hearing. I teach at the college level in Florida, and my students range in age from 18 to 45. The following website has been extremely valuable: 
    English for Intermediate Learners (1): Dictation Exercises for ESL Learners

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    English for Intermediate Learners (1): Dictation Exercises for ESL Learners
    These Dictation exercises are intended for intermediate ESL learners. By doing these Dictation exercises, you can improve your test-taking skills, grammar, and vocabulary. It is part of the ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Website (http://www.rong-chang.com/), the biggest ESL Web directory.
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     Students have 200 dictation exercises, each one of which has ten sentences. Students listen to the audio of a sentence and then must type the sentence/question that they hear. Thus, several skills are combined in one exercise, a semester-long, ongoing assignment that has worked wonders in my classroom. 



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    Donna French Lucas
    Adjunct Instructor/Private Tutor
    Eastern Florida State College / Alternatives Education, Inc.
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  • 2.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 07-04-2017 08:52
    I teach from a content-based approach and use a think aloud protocol to teach listening strategies. We listen to a 'lecture' and I give them guided note sheets (divided vertically with main ideas provided in the left column). They take notes, I take notes, and then we compare what we recorded, the challenges, the strategies, etc.  With practice, they become more efficient at selecting out more important information, identifying the organizational structures that English typically follows, developing strategies for listening, etc.  Hope this helps :)

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    Carol Hawthorne
    Curriculum Developer
    Center for Teaching and Learning
    Concordia University
    Canada
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  • 3.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 07-04-2017 13:41
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    Hi Donna,
    I think students need to be made aware of various strategies to improve their listening skills and then practice applying those strategies. Different strategies are more effective for some listening contexts than for others; it depends on the listening situation and the purpose for listening. Is it a lecture where they won't need to respond verbally? Is it a conversational dialog? Is it an information seeking interaction at a place of business? etc. So, we practice different strategies for different contexts. I've attached a list of strategies. I use this list in helping me design activities to have students focus on and practice one or two of these at a time in class.

    I also use the following websites in class and as homework. I like these particular ones because they move students beyond sentence level listening but have various options in terms of level, are high intereste, and for the most part, the English is spoken at a more natural rate and words and sentences aren't overly enunciated, leaving out natural linking and reduction. I ask them to choose one or two strategies they will use during listening and to consciously apply these.

    http://www.dailyesl.com/

    http://www.esl-lab.com/

    http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/multi-speed-listening.html

    http://www.cdlponline.org/

     Happy Listening!



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    Melinda Sayavedra
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  • 4.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 08-04-2017 08:36

    Hi Donna,
    I am  writing some practices that I am applying as a teacher in my classrooms. If I am not wrong the best and worst method cannot be determined writing on a page of paper or talking for a while. It can only be determined inside or outside the classroom or where actual learning takes place. Teachers are the guides and facilitators for developing all the language skills and they can themselves emerge the best methods according to the demand of the situation and scenario that they are dealing with. If I tell you one method that worked best here in Nepal the same method may be the worst for the students who you are teaching there.

    As far as the method of listening is concerned 'Task Basked Language Teaching' can also be the useful one as this method blends the interest of the students introducing the real purposes and objectives of learning. Before introducing it, the students are to be guided well about the aims and objectives of that specific listening segment. The word listen and silent are made of from the same word so they should also understand to be silent before listening and interpret the meaning.

     I hope methods work best if they are prepared keeping the need of the learners at the focal point of learning.

    With best wishes,
    Motiram Sijapati
    Instructor, English Access Scholarship, program, Nepal

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    Motiram Sijapati Instructor, English Access Micro Scholarship Program
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  • 5.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 09-04-2017 17:16
    Hi all,
    I think the TPRS method (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) also holds a lot of promise for teaching adults listening skills.  You can find out more about TPRS and Comprehensible Input (CI) methods at:  fluencymatters.com  or you can check out my TPRS books for beginning adult ESL students at:  bethskelton.com

    Best, Beth


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    Elizabeth Skelton
    Educational Consultant
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  • 6.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 08-04-2017 09:30
    Melinda:
         I agree completely - using various resources and methods can produce the broadest results. I love esl-lab.com! In addition, our regular classroom activities - DVD lectures, note-taking during those lectures, class discussion, and expanding to research followed by oral presentation on topics related to DVD lectures - are all based on the various levels of the Contrmporary Topics series. Fantastic series for introducing the concept of listening in an academic environment.
         The reason why I originally mentioned the dictation series is that while many students do get the gist of a lecture by catching the main words, the students themselves are concerned that they are confusing the connecting words, mistaking homophones and homonyms, and failing to make the connection between a word spoken in a lecture or conversations and that same word in a written context. The "Aha!" is occurring more frequently now that, as practice, they are having to take the time and attention to focus enough on what they hear to be able to reproduce it in writing....via the single sentence dictation exercises.
         There are so many great ways to accomplish the goal of learning a second language. Thank you for sharing some of yours!

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    Donna French Lucas
    Adjunct Instructor/Private Tutor
    Eastern Florida State College / Alternatives Education, Inc.
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  • 7.  RE: TOPIC: WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST TEACHING METHOD TO TEACH ADULT STUDENTS TO LEARN EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.

    Posted 08-04-2017 21:29
    Yes, I too think dictation is a very useful tool in developing listening skills. It gets them thinking about linking and reductions, and about grammar as well. I use dictations and appreciate learning about the dictation website. I think my students will enjoy and benefit from it, and they will feel more motivated as they become more and more successful at getting it right. Thank you for sharing it. I've already linked it to my Canvas course site! :-)
    Melinda

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    Melinda Sayavedra
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