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ERIC Number: ED324964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 6
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Listening for What?
Ringeling, Tobi
Second language students often fail to pick up sequences of sounds correctly, not because they can not recognize the sounds in questions but because they make incorrect generalizations or lack general mental agility. Listening in a foreign language is more concerned with vocabulary knowledge and expectation than with phoneme recognition. One classroom approach uses sophisticated guessing as an active policy in the process of word recognition. Students often avoid sophisticated guessing because of uncertainty. Most early teaching materials reinforce this attitude. This approach works best if the context is highly constraining or if the word that needs to be recognized is uniquely structured. Students expect to hear a pattern of sounds conforming to their idea of the individual shapes of words. Students should sometimes be confronted with listening exercises, in which all words are familiar, to develop their guessing potential and become familiar with the types of variation typical in connected speech. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).