ERIC Number: ED394294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-28
Reference Count: N/A
Using CNN Newsroom in Advanced Listening Classes.
A university teacher of English as a Second Language describes the use of CNN Newsroom materials to teach listening skills. The basic news broadcast materials, including video and audio tapes, are provided by CNN, and have been developed by the teacher into instructional units. A classroom guide is available on the Internet. The instruction is designed for middle- to high-advanced students of English. Further development of the course is expected to lead to several types of classes, one using a standard video/audiocassette procedure, one using school-produced taped questions and answers, and one involving note-taking and question-and answer followup discussion. A step-by-step classroom procedure currently used with the video and audio tapes is described. The rationale and pedagogical basis for conducting this class, based on a review of literature, are also explained. Three principles in developing tests based on the materials are outlined: test questions should constitute a communicative interchange between test writer and test-taker; test questions should be easy to process; and it is the test writer's responsibility to define, identify, and subsequently remove any potential difficulties in the test. Some considerations in developing materials are offered. (Contains 20 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Audiotape Recordings, Broadcast Journalism, Cable Television, Classroom Techniques, College Second Language Programs, Course Organization, Difficulty Level, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Homework, Instructional Materials, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension, Listening Skills, News Reporting, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Teacher Developed Materials, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: CNN Newsroom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 26-30, 1996).