Teaching Listening

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  • 1. TEACHING LISTENING
  • 2. NOTES: Φ Listening involves a sender (a person, a radio, or a television), a message, and a receiver ( the listener). Φ In the decades of the 1950s and „60s, language teaching methodology was preoccupied with the spoken language Φ Through reception, we internalize linguistic information
  • 3. LISTENING COMPREHENSION IN PEDAGOGICAL RESEARCH Total Physical Response. Natural Approach Stephen Krashen model The conversion of input into intake.
  • 4. Rubin (1994) identified five contextual characteristics that affect the speed and efficiency of aural language:  Text  Interlocutor  Task  Listener  Process characteristics
  • 5. According to Mendelson 1998, great attention has been devoted to strategy-based instruction of listening comprehension.
  • 6. AN INTERACTIVE MODEL OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION Listening is not one-way street. There is also an interactive model of listening comprehension consisting of eight processes (Clark 1977 and Richards 1983) which occur in extremely rapid succession : 1) The hearer processes what we call “raw speech”. 2) The hearer determines the type of speech event being processed and then “colors” the interpretation of the perceived message.
  • 7. 3) The hearer infers the objective of the speaker through consideration of the speech act, the context, and the content. Thus, the function of the message in inferred. 4) The hearer recalls background information (or schemata) relevant to the particular context and subject matter. 5) The hearer assigns a literal meaning to the utterance. 6) The hearer assigns an intended meaning to the utterance.
  • 8. 7) The hearer determines whether information should be retained in short-term or long-term memory. 8) The hearer deletes the form in which the message was originally received. The words, phrases, and , sentences are quickly forgotten-”pruned”-and the important information is retained conceptually.
  • 9. TYPES OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE Monologue (speeches, lectures, news broadcasts, readings, etc.) 1) Planned: (little redundancy, difficult to comprehend) 2) Unplanned: (more redundancy, easy to comprehend) Dialogue (involve two or more speakers) 1) Interpersonal (social relationship) i. Unfamiliar ii. Familiar
  • 10. 2) Transactional (convey propositional or factual information) i. Unfamiliar ii. Familiar
  • 11. There is a difference between a participant and eavesdropper. In all cases these categories are really not discrete, mutually exclusive domains; rather, each dichotomy , as usual, represents a continuum of possibilities.
  • 12. W H AT M A K E S L I S T E N I N G D I F F I C U LT ?  Clustering (pick out manageable clusters of words)  Redundancy (rephrasing, repetition, elaboration, little insertion)  Reduced forms(phonological, morphological, syntactic, pragmatic)  Performance variables(hesitation, false starts, pauses, and correction)  Colloquial language (idioms, slang, reduced forms, and shared cultural knowledge)
  • 13.  Rate of delivery (the number and length of pauses)  Stress, rhythm, and intonation (prosodic features of the English language are very important for comprehension)  Interaction (negotiation, clarification, attending signals, turntaking, and topic nomination, maintenance, and termination)
  • 14. MICROSKILLS OF LISTENING COMPREHENSION Jack Richards (1983) provided a list of aural skills involved in conversational discourse. Through a checklist of microskills, you can plan a specific technique or listening module. Less interactive forms of discourse include further, more specific microskills.
  • 15. TYPES OF CLASSROOM LISTENING PERFORMANCE  Reactive (tape recorder)  Intensive (focus on components, bottom-up skills)  Responsive (elicit students‟ responses)  Selective (scan material, field independence)  Extensive (top-down, global understanding)  Interactive (learners actively participate)
  • 16. PRINCIPLES FOR DESIGNING LISTENING TECHNIQUES 1. In an interactive, four-skills curriculum, make sure that you don’t overlook the importance of techniques that develop listening comprehension competence ( studied attention to all the principles of listening) 2. Use techniques that are intrinsically motivating (appeal to listeners‟ personal interests and goals)
  • 17. 3. Utilize authentic language and contexts (authentic language enable students to see the relevance of classroom activity to their long-term communicative goals) 4. Consider the form of listeners’ responses (design techniques in a way that students‟ responses indicate whether or not their comprehension has been correct)
  • 18. 9 different ways that we can check listener's comprehension :  Doing Choosing  Transferring Answering  Condensing Extending  Duplicating Modeling  Conversing
  • 19. 5. Encourage the development of listening strategies (equip students with listening strategies) 6. Include both bottom-up and top-down listening techniques
  • 20. LISTENING TECHNIQUES FROM B E G I N N I N G T O A D VA N C E D Techniques for teaching listening will vary across the proficiency continuum. There are three lists of techniques for each of three proficiency levels: i. Bottom-up ii. Top-down iii. Interactive
  • 21. THE END