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ERIC Number: EJ1104020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Listening Journals for Extensive and Intensive Listening Practice
Schmidt, Anthony
English Teaching Forum, v54 n2 p2-11 2016
In this article, Anthony Schmidt presents results from his research on listening instruction in a second language. Schmidt reveals that throughout the history of English language teaching (ELT), most students have never been taught how to listen. It was not just listening, but the need to do this listening in conjunction with an approach that helped focus on sounds, words, and building meaning from the bottom up as well as the top down. Schmidt offers "Listening journals" as one tool that can be used to serve this need. A listening journal is a book in which students record their extensive and intensive listening practices, as well as reflections on their listening experiences. The extensive listening aspect of listening journals requires students to choose and listen to texts that appeal to them from a source provided by the teacher. Students reflect on their successes, strengths, and weaknesses in order to identify skills they need to improve. Strengthening these weaker skills becomes a goal for students to focus on during further listening practice in the classroom, outside the classroom, or in subsequent listening journals. The listening resource presented is a web-based tool "TED Talk" from that provides activities for student learning and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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