ERIC Number: ED403749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Developing Listening and Speaking Skills in the Intermediate Business Spanish Class.
Hughes, Todd F.
An approach to teaching top-down comprehension of spoken language in business Spanish instruction is presented. The approach is based on a model of reading comprehension using successful reading strategies that use-top-down processing, and relies on development of learners' understanding of certain important concepts they will encounter in listening to a passage: situational/interpersonal functions; lexical content; focus; coherence; cohesive structure; tense; case number; mood; and aspect. The technique uses videotape recordings, on which a series of exercises are based. The exercises are designed using a five-stage plan for developing reading comprehension. Adapted for listening comprehension the stages are: (1) prediction/previewing; (2) primary processing; (3) chaining and lexicon recovery; (4) gisting, translating, and summarizing; and (5) role-playing, discussion, and debate. The first four stages are receptive, and the fifth is productive. Specific examples of activities are offered, and a sample lesson is appended. Contains six references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (14th, Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 11-13, 1996).