Here are the top five most common mistakes teachers make when they are teaching listening:
Teachers should arrive in their classroom before the students to prepare any materials and equipment. As class begins on time and when students perceive that there is no time to waste, they will feel a sense of purpose.
The purpose of the pre-listening activity is to prepare students for listening, to ensure student success, and to get students excited about listening.
Option 1: Think-About: Here is where we want to activate our students’ prior knowledge.
If directions or instructions are not effectively and clearly formulated, there will be a number of students who will simply not have assimilated what is to be done during the listening activity.
There are two general rules for telling what students need to do:
- Keep the instructions as simple as possible within the limits of the language which the students can understand. Also, think about the speed of your speech.
- Explain everything chronologically, and only start building on the next step when the previous one is understood. Instructions should always be followed by a demonstration.
There are a series of activities that help students reflect on the listening experience, these are called Post-listening activities. Most of them focus on these 3 subskills:
- Listening for the gist.
- Listening for specific information.
- Listening for the speaker’s attitude or opinion.
It’s vital to understand that listening to an audio several times helps students to get the most out of it and be able to get the answers.
Try to use all kinds of listening materials such as monologues, conversations, interviews, radio ads, speeches, etc. Also, you can use a different range of voices such as male, female, old, young, native speaker, etc.
Remember that a post-listening activity represents a follow up to the listening activity and aims to use the knowledge gained from listening for the development of other skills such as speaking and writing.
- Check answers.
- Discuss what they liked/didn’t like.
- Solve moral dilemmas in a round table.
- Write a short essay based on the information given.
- Identify verb forms in the audio.
- Read the transcript and make notes of common collocations.
- Find new words in the audio and find out what they mean.