ERIC Number: ED193916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Pebbles in Their Ears: Listening Comprehension in English for Special Purposes Programs.
Morray, Marjorie K.
Dictations are not sufficient as exercises for developing listening comprehension skills. Other techniques and exercises which have been used in English for Special Purposes classes include practice in note taking, cloze-testing on lectures, mock formal interviews and informal conversations, and discourse analyses of sample lectures. Such analyses include explanation of kinesic characteristics, such as eye-contact, illustrative gestures, and change of position to indicate a new point in the lecture. Use of tape recorders or language laboratories excludes kinesic features, and thus cannot account for the interactive quality of communication. With the techniques described here, students are able to use the language of their field with a proficiency difficult to attain without such preparation. (PJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 16-20, 1980).