In this post I would like to share with you an example of a simple homework exercise I like to give my students to help them with their listening skills (check out the various skills we need to develop for listening right here).
The goal of this exercise is to encourage the students to listen for both meaning and language development. It is also used to either review or preview topics or subjects which will be (or were) discussed in class.
The following example was given to one of my classes of adult students (upper-intermediate level) who are studying English to help them in their roles as sales people for different international companies. This activity was given as a pre-class activity (i.e., students need to watch the clip before their next class - as we will be discussing the notion of ‘trust’ as it relates to their jobs) in an attempt to build background knowledge and introduce the students to some new terminology/vocabulary they may encounter. It was also given as a tool to encourage the students to reflect on whether or not they agree with the speaker in the clip and to articulate why or why not.
Example Lesson – Listening for meaning and learning
1. First - Listen for general understanding 전체적인 맥락을 생각하며 들으세요.
2. Second - Listen for details/facts 구체적인 세부사항에 집중하며 들으세요.
3. Third – Listen for specific vocabulary (touch each word/phrase on the list as you hear them) 아래에 나열된 단어에 집중하며 들으세요.(단어나 표현을 들으면 터치하세요.)
4. Fourth - Listen again for general understanding 전체적인 내용을 생각하며 다시 들으세요.
5. Reflect and explain why you agree or disagree
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): don’t try to be someone else – be who you are
Mantra (n.): a chant, word, or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation
Higher consciousness (n.): the belief of a higher or greater self
“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” - (saying coined in Seinfeld TV show): used to show that an alternative solution/option is also fine or something else is acceptable
Impress (v.): to have a positive impact on someone
Bombard (v.): assail (someone) persistently, as with questions, criticisms, or information
A million ways from Sunday (idiom): thoroughly, completely, in every way imaginable
Credible (adj.): able to be believed; convincing
Warts and all (idiom): accept someone/something even with the faults and bad things
Revel (v.): enjoy oneself; to be involved in thoroughly
Grossly (adv.): extremely; excessively
Utterly (adv.): 100%, entirely
Courage (n.): strength in the face of pain, fear, or grief
Trust (v.): to believe in someone or something
- This activity can be manipulated to suit any topic and any level (see how to manipulate different variables in this awesome lecture – FITT)
- Instruction 5 can be changed to suit the needs, goals, and levels of the students
- Notice how many of the terms and words can also lead to discussions about culture and language
I hope this simple exercise helps you help your students improve their listening skills.
Thanks for reading.
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