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ERIC Number: ED086025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-12
Pages: 5
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A Language Teaching Strategy for Listening Comprehension.
Maiztegui, Susana M.; Kestelman, Rosa
A study of listening comprehension skills in foreign language classes compared the level of retention achieved by students trained to listen and perform versus students trained to listen and observe. Physical movement during training was not shown to be a critical factor in achievement. However, the experiment revealed a significant difference in student attitudes toward the techniques, indicating that motivation is weak when students learn in an inert way; it is preferable to have them make a physical response to the foreign commands. In addition, the inactive observers engaged in a significantly higher amount of silent translation during the training than students in motion, who make direct associations between the acoustic image and its meaning. A total physical response approach in order to develop listening fluency has proved very effective. However, there are some hurdles in the use of this technique in regular classroom situations where it might be difficult for fifteen or more students to move simultaneously around the room, or where people of different cultures feel reluctant and uncomfortable doing so. (Author/HW)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (7th, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 12, 1973)