Great Speakers need Great Listeners, by JJ. Wilson, another workshop at Anadolu University

We kick off this week with a great workshop with JJ Wilson. He is one of the authors of Speak Out series of Pearson. 

The topic was the listening lessons.

As we all know, students have troublesome moments during listening. then we can ask these questions to ourselves:

  1. What is difficult for students about listening to English?
  2. What can I do in class to help the students with a difficult piece of listening?
  3. What do my students do before, during and after listening?

Here are some problematic parts of listening to English which make it troublesome  for students:

  • Swallowed words
  • Spelling-sound
  • Native speakers
  • Hard to concentrate
  • Low motivation
  • Weak forms-compressed syllables
  • Redundant words
  • Unknown vocabulary

We can say that words can change their shapes during speaking, just like the cars changing their shapes when they crash each other. here is an example of the famous song by Jimmy Hendrix:

The real lyrics is this: Excuse me when I kiss the sky;

but many people think this is like this: Excuse me when I kiss this guy ;))

You see, if you get a wrong message, things can be a bit misunderstood:))

Basic framework for teaching listening:

Pre-listening: Get students interested, activate schemata, activate vocabulary and use what they know

While-listenng: Students focus on listening, not too much reading-writing, tasks provide scaffolding

Post-listening: Students use what they heard, personalize, find trouble spots and do detailed analysis

We can use a KWL chart in our classes to involve our students more to the activities:

We can lead our students by using the question from the chart.

Why is it good to use DVD’s in classroom?

  • Students get the chance to hear real English
  • Real content
  • Learning through stories
  • More interesting than just reading
  • Visuals are good in giving a context-setting
  • Lip-reading help comprehension
  • Cross-cultural information
  • Exposure to different voices-accents
  • Captions bring reading-listening together.

We can make it better, have better lessons; if we are a little bit more enthusiastic 😉

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