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Five Fun Activities to Build Listening Skills

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Can listening activities be fun and motivating? These slides look at listening in the EFL classroom and outline five fun and easy-to-use activities to help EFL learners build listening skills in an enjoyable and exciting way. Material from the e-future texts Listen Up and Listen Up Plus are used in the slides.

These slides are from a presentation delivered at KOTESOL in Seoul on October 12th, 2013.

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Five Fun Activities to Build Listening Skills

  1. 1. Five Fun Activities to Build Listening Skills Gabriel Allison
  2. 2. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Overview
  3. 3. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Lesson Flow
  4. 4. What are the different ways we communicate?
  5. 5. Audience Quiz!
  6. 6. Percentage of daily Areas of Study communication… Reading 3rd 16% Listening 1st 45% Speaking 2nd 30% Writing 4 th 9% (Burely-Allen, 1995)
  7. 7. What’s this guy’s problem?
  8. 8. BAD LISTENING SKILLS!!!
  9. 9. What are your approaches? 1. What kind of listening activities do you do with your Ss? 2. How are your Ss performing? 3. Do you have any tips to share?
  10. 10. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Overview
  11. 11. Five Things to Consider When Choosing Listening Material: 1. Number of Speakers 2. Distinctness of Voices 3. Order of Events 4. Inference’s Needed 5. Listener’s Subject Knowledge (Brown, 1995)
  12. 12. More?
  13. 13. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Overview
  14. 14. Student Success Students need to…. (1) have an idea what the topic will be (2) know something about the topic (3) predict things that will be said (4) know key words & phrases used
  15. 15. Teacher Success Teachers need to…. (1) activate Ss’ background knowledge (2) prepare Ss’ for listening content (3) build up Ss’ listening skills (4) assess Ss’ progress
  16. 16. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Overview
  17. 17. 1. Listening Cloze
  18. 18. 1. Select a listening passage 2. Choose some key words to delete 3. Rules: - Teacher: passes out modified script - Students: make notes and work together - Students: guess the missing words - Teacher: play the dialogue
  19. 19. CD 1, Track 2
  20. 20. 2. Get in Order
  21. 21. 1. Cut up a listening script. 2. Tape it to the backs of students. 3. Explain the rules: - Students: help each other to read - Teacher: plays the dialogue once - Students: listen for their portion - Students: get in correct order - Students: grab script from back -Teacher: plays the dialogue again - Students: listen and check
  22. 22. CD 1, Track 10
  23. 23. 3. What’s Wrong with the Picture?
  24. 24. 1. Select an image from the book. 2. Change key words 3. Write down the modified script 3. Pair or group students 4. Explain the rules: - Students: listen & look - Students: make notes -Teacher: reviews the differences -5. Have students lead the activity
  25. 25. 4. Running Dictation
  26. 26. 1. Put students in pairs: A & B 2. Gather students at one end of the room 3. Put listening script at opposite end The listening script should be small 4. Explain the rules: -Student A : Run, read, run back to partner -Student A: Dictate what they remember -Student B: listen and write -Continue until dictated correctly
  27. 27. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Lisa is going to the bookstore. Tony is going to the supermarket. Mike is going to the post office. Jenny is going to the playground. Harry is going to the restaurant. 1. Jenny is going to the playground. 2. Harry is going to the restaurant. 3. Tony is going to the supermarket. 4. Lisa is going to the bookstore. 5. Mike is going to the post office. Blue Team Red Team
  28. 28. 5. Listening Journals
  29. 29. 1. Students: listen to things out of class (TV, radio, music, conversations, sounds, etc.) 2. Students: write a few things about it 3. Keep notes in a journal optional - Students post recordings on class blog - Students bring recordings to class
  30. 30. Example: Listening Journal 1. What did you listen to? English song. Justin Bieber. “Baby” 2. Where did you listen to it? At home. On the internet: YouTube.com 3. Was it easy/difficult? Some parts easy. Some parts difficult. 4. New words/phrases shout, cool, dream, baby (?)
  31. 31. What are we going to do? 1.Warm Up 2.What Makes Listening Difficult 3.Success for Students and Teachers 4.Five Fun Activities 5.Listen Up Overview
  32. 32. • Perfect for Young Learners • Built-in recycling of language • Short, achievable lessons • Practical topics • 4 Review Lessons per book • Dictation Book Fun and Easy Listening Practice!
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