Interactive listening   is designed to help learners assume active roles in shaping and controlling an interaction, even when they are in the “listener’s role”.   Because it is important for learners to take an active role as listeners, an IL  activity  must have a built-in need for information or clarification questions by the listener.

In order to work toward the goal of active participation by the listener, the students themselves — rather than the teacher or an audio or video tape — take on  the central focus in the activities.    To this end,  interactive listening skills are developed in the context of live exchanges– mainly through information gap pair work, jigsaw groups, and student presentations and reports.

 

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