Design Successful Learning
I became interested in the role of listening in language learning early in my career. As a novice teacher in a high school in West Africa, it gradually became clear to me that the most successful students in my classes were the best listeners. It wasn’t that they understood more or had a better command...
Concept: The Affective Filter Hypothesis is refers to the role of affect – the experience of internal feeling or emotion, ranging from suffering to elation — in creating “filters” that facilitate or impede learning.  The Affective Filter Hypothesis is a corollary of the Comprehensible Input Hypothesis  — the proposal that we need spoken input at a level slightly...
Graham Bodie The movement to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides one conversation at a time Take the pledge here : http://www.listenfirstproject.org/take-the-pledge/ A Listen First Conversation is any conversation that prioritizes understanding and might be between two friends or among many strangers. It might be on a park bench, in a classroom,...
Concept:   Difficulty is essentially a subjective concept: what makes any input relatively easy or difficult is the listener’s familiarity with and ease with the input.   Subjective factors are the “independent variables” that the listener brings to the experience:  level of anxiety, working memory capacities, prior experience with the content and format, metacognitive skills (for managing attention), and...
CONCEPT:   Our listening ability – and motivation to listen better – grows through successful  “listening experiences.”  A “listening experience” is a self-contained event that involves the listener constructing meaning from the event.  Typically, for pedagogic purposes, a memorable listening event will be 1 or 2 minutes minimum up to 15 minutes maximum.  It is focused on one central...