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ERIC Number: EJ1084471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Listening Cloze Meets Info-Gap: A Hybrid Activity to Exploit Listening Materials
Vargas, Juan Pablo Zúñiga
English Teaching Forum, v53 n4 p24-32 2015
In twenty-first-century language teaching, the class should be student-centered and provide learners with skills that empower them in real-life situations. In this regard, it is commonly said that practice makes perfect. It therefore makes sense for teachers to ask themselves how much their listening activities demand from students and to evaluate whether students are getting full benefit from the listening materials being used. The author reflected on his own professional practice as an English teacher and teacher educator and to find innovative, cost-effective ways to fully exploit listening materials, integrate as many linguistic skills as possible, and ultimately foster students' autonomy and language learning by means of peer assessment. Thus, he created a hybrid task by combining one activity commonly used to teach or test listening--the listening cloze--with another activity commonly used to teach speaking--the information gap (info-gap). In this article, the author will cover relevant research and then describe how he conceptualized the hybrid activity, how to put it into practice, and what results he has gotten by using it. The author will also offer ideas on how to make a listening cloze info-gap activity part of a more complex English lesson.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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