Welcome to “ESCP (Semester 2) : Listening Comprehension” ◦ This is a 25 hour Practical Course ◦ It starts from Today until May 3rd ◦ We will meet every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm and every Thursday from 8am-10am. ◦ I really, really hope that you will enjoy this class ◦ I really, really hope that you will learn something…
My name is Khaled Al-Abbadi I’m your teacher. I’m responsible for grading your work. You can call me… ◦ Khaled ◦ Mr. Khaled ◦ Sidi Khaled ◦ King Khaled…etc…This is me in Saudi Arabia, about to eat some Kabsa.
This is me getting a really bad haircut in Yemen
This is my lovely daughter Huda…She’s almost 3 years old…
This is me and Huda at the beach on ourvacation in Spain.
This is me and my Dad when I was a little boyin America…Anyway…I’m your teacher…
Course Description and Objectives: ◦ Our Objectives are Real Simple: 1. Develop Listening Skills 2. Learn Good Listening Strategies 3. Understand the different contexts of Listening ◦ We will do this by: 1. Discussing Listening contexts and strategies. 2. Practicing Listening in the classroom. 3. Doing Listening assignments outside the classroom.
Topics Discussed: ◦ This course is a practical approach to listening. ◦ We will discuss 4 main listening contexts and strategies. ◦ These 4 contexts are: 1. Listening to Narratives (For example: Listening to a boring story from your teacher) 2. Listening for Specific Information and Data (For example: Listening to a boring story from your teacher with a lot of facts) 3. Listening in Conversational Contexts (For example: Listening to a boring story from your teacher and having to respond to your teacher) 4. Listening to Extended Discourse (For example: Listening to a boring story from your teacher, with a lot of facts, for a really long time…)
Regarding Materials: ◦ I will provide all class material, which means there is no textbook, copies, or anything like that… ◦ However, you are responsible for; Having a pen Having a notebook To take notes and for class activities Having access to internet To download mp3s for homework assignments
Your Favorite Part… Really Simple: ◦ Weekly Assignments (there are 4, each 15%) 60% ◦ Attendance (try to come in everyday) 10% ◦ Final Exam (dun..dun..DUN…) 30% ◦ Grand Total 100%
Weekly Assignments are Homework ◦ They will be given on Thursdays and are due on Wednesdays. ◦ They are listening Mp3s which you will download from facebook. ◦ You will have to Transcribe them. That means you have to write down all the words. ◦ And…you will have to answer some questions There will be a worksheet for you to download with the MP3. Sounds like a lot of fun…doesn’t it…?
This is the “Plan” for the SemesterWeek 1 3/22 Thur Course IntroductionWeek 2 3/28 Wed Listening to Narratives: Discussion and Strategies 3/29 Thur Practice and ActivitiesWeek 3 4/4 Wed Listening for Specific Information/Data: Discussion Narrative Weekly Assignment Due 4/5 Thur Practice and Activities
Week 4 4/11 Wed Spring Break Vacation 4/12 Thur Spring Break VacationWeek 5 4/18 Wed Listening in Conversation: Discussion and Strategies Spec. Info/Data Weekly Assignment Due 4/19 Thur Practice and Activities 4/XX Some Day Makeup Session: More Practice and Activities
Week 6 4/25 Wed Listening to Extended Discourse: Discussion Conversations Weekly Assignment Due 4/26 Thur Practice and Activities 4/XX Some Day Makeup Session: More Practice and ActivitiesWeek 7 5/2 Wed Course Review of Listening Contexts and Strategies Extended Discourse Weekly Assignment Due 5/3 Thur Final Exam
All of this should be in your Syllabus I will try to have this available on Facebook for you to download… Anyone have any: ◦ Questions, ◦ Comments, ◦ Insults, ◦ Something you want to throw at me… ◦ Anything…?
How would you define…Listening? What is the difference between…Listening…and…Hearing? Is all…Listening…the same or is there a difference? How can you improve your…Listening?
Listening is: ◦ Skill It is not something natural, it is something that you develop over time. You can actually “hear” while in the womb, but listening probably develops at around 1-3 years of age. ◦ Active Process Hearing – That is receiving sound signals Recognizing – Acknowledging that there is meaning Evaluating – Understanding, Interpreting, Remembering, Responding… blah..blah..blah…
Hearing is: ◦ Natural If you’re born with good ears, you can hear. ◦ Passive You can’t close your ears like you can close your eyes. ◦ Physical process Listening is more of a mental process because it needs parts of your brain. Hearing just needs your ears, you can even hear something when your brain is asleep.
There are different ways of identifying types of listening. I say there’s just four types: ◦ 1. Inactive Listening The message is received, recognized, and ignored. ◦ 2. Selective Listening The message is received, recognized, but only part of it is evaluated…the rest you ignore. ◦ 3. Active Listening The message is received, recognized, and it is completely evaluated…you don’t ignore anything. ◦ 4. Reflective Listening The message is received, recognized, and completely evaluated but you also verify that it has been evaluated correctly…you check to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Yes you can! Listening is a skill remember…you can always improve a skill How can you improve Listening? ◦ Warming up your Brain (Pre Listening activities) ◦ Focusing on the message (At first, you should try to be an active listener, then be selective) ◦ Practice makes perfect (A lot of listening activities help your brain recognize the message better, which helps in evaluation)
Using Strategies when Listening helps a lot ◦ In this Class: We will learn strategies to better Recognize and Evaluate messages. We will learn different strategies for different listening contexts. Not all messages are the same. ◦ So what are the different contexts of messages?
There 4 main contexts for Listening: ◦ Narrative: Remember the boring story ◦ Expository: That’s when you listen for facts ◦ Interactive: That’s listening in conversation, it’s live and dynamic. ◦ Extended Discourse: That’s listening for a really long time.
Next Week: ◦ We will Discuss some strategies for listening to Narratives. ◦ Then we will do some activities in class to practice those strategies. ◦ Then you will practice some more. ◦ Then you will show me what you can do at home with the assignment.