How To Teach Listening
When going to a foreign country, the students often found
Hi. I'm Deborah and I'm from Great London Tutors, and I teach Foreign Languages and English as a second language. Today, I'm going to give you some tips on how to teach. I teach Foreign Languages and English as a second language and having been a language student myself, I am very aware of how important listening is. You often find that students have very good written skills, very good speaking skills but when they actually go to the country, when they have to communicate with people on a daily basis, that's when they realize their listening skills aren't up to scratch. So say for example watching news or listening to the radio or listening to people have a conversation on the bus, that's when you think “Oh, maybe I don't know that language as well as I thought I knew.” Now, I find that a lot of traditional listening materials are put together specifically for students and so because of that, they are not very natural. They are not how people would normally speak in real life. They tend to be quite slower. They tend to be actors reading out a conversation. So I find in teaching students good listening skills, it's always really good to use authentic materials and YouTube is excellent for this, the radio. I play extracts from radio programmes online or even recording your friends having a daily chat. That's really good for picking out the vocabulary that we use every day that students might not necessarily learn in a class. So before you get them to do the listening, it's always very good to just give them a background to the listening. So for example, you are going to be listening to two people who are in a cafe having a coffee. They haven't seen each other for a long time. So that way, the students can visualize where the two people are. It might also be good to give them a clue as to whether they are happy, annoyed, frustrated. Obviously, this depends on the level. I'd probably do that with beginners, and maybe teach them a few of the words that come up. Words that you know they won't know, some very difficult words. And I find that with this background, the students have an idea of what they are listening to. And then it's also good to repeat the listening, maybe give them some questions so they can listen out for specific answers but my top pick would be to really use authentic materials and to also make it interesting. You know interesting subjects that are relevant to the students' lives and obviously play it more than once as well. And so these are my tips to on how to teach listening. .