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Listening

Listening

Listening to a text, or more often these days, watching a video, is often a central feature of a language learning lesson. But what's the best way to work with these materials? Is it better to let learners settle for a general understanding, or should you try to focus on the text in detail. What kind of activities can you set for learners for both of these approaches?

This workshop will outline some different approaches to working with listening texts, and do so with reference to one particular video series on the learners pages on the Premier Skills English website. It will by giving you and the teachers you are training the chance to prepare a lesson. 

You can download all the materials from the workshop in the downloads section on the right. You can complete some of the materials online by taking a look at the activities in the activities section, and if you have any questions or comments about the workshop we would be happy to hear from you. You can add your comments in the discuss section. We hope you enjoy the workshop.

 

Rob Lewis, Teacher Trainer

Listening Workshop

The following activity on the topic of listening is intended to help you think about what you learnt from the video.   

Activity 1: In this activity, you will see 8 statements that are connected to listening. Read the statements and decide if you agree or disagree. There are no correct answers.
Read the statements. Do you agree?

 

Form

Premier Skills English online questionnaire for teachers

The British Council and Premier League would like to know what you think about the Premier Skills English website.  We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire.

Please tick one box to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Premier Skills English materials that you have used on this website.

Over to you

What did you think of this workshop video? Did you find it helpful?

Do your learners find listening difficult?
Do you think teaching listening is important in the English language classroom? Why? 
 
 
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Richard J's picture
Richard J
08/03/2021
EC
2846
points

I think it is important to develop listening in classroom because even when you are not an expert at speaking or even when you cannot speak fluently or properly you can communicate your thoughts by using gestures or signs but if you can't understand what the other person is saying it is impossible to stablish communication.


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Richard J
08/03/2021 01:36
Ecuador
Liverpool
2846

I think it is important to develop listening in classroom because even when you are not an expert at speaking or even when you cannot speak fluently or properly you can communicate your thoughts by using gestures or signs but if you can't understand what the other person is saying it is impossible to stablish communication.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020
TR
6351
points

Teaching listening is so important because I think if you listen well , you can speak and interact better.
I learnt about the new strategies Top Down and Bottom Up and I do this they are effective and versatile in using them with all levels and ages of learners.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020 19:30
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

Teaching listening is so important because I think if you listen well , you can speak and interact better.
I learnt about the new strategies Top Down and Bottom Up and I do this they are effective and versatile in using them with all levels and ages of learners.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020
TR
6351
points

Learners sometimes find listening difficult because they cannot control the pace of the track or maybe the accent isn't clear enough to figure out the words and phrases.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020 19:28
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

Learners sometimes find listening difficult because they cannot control the pace of the track or maybe the accent isn't clear enough to figure out the words and phrases.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020
TR
6351
points

The workshops are very useful and effective for us as teachers as I consider it a quick revision for my CELTA course at Cambridge last year.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
13/07/2020 19:26
Turkey
Manchester United
6351

The workshops are very useful and effective for us as teachers as I consider it a quick revision for my CELTA course at Cambridge last year.

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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Listening is an essential part of learning and students ought to learn to pay extra attention by avoiding talking while a lesson is on-going.


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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016 00:05
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Listening is an essential part of learning and students ought to learn to pay extra attention by avoiding talking while a lesson is on-going.

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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016
GH
4754
points

The video was helpful


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kwesimanifest
05/06/2016 00:02
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

The video was helpful

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Goals

To examine different approaches to working with texts

To explore a range of classroom activities for developing listening skills

To look at a video series on Premier Skills English and how different approaches can be used to help your learners