Design Successful Learning
As we move to more online teaching, we may feel conflicted, especially if we consider ourselves “communicative language” teachers. Or teachers who pride themselves on engaging their students.     We may believe that we are going to need to simplify our classes to such an extent that the students will quickly become disengaged and demotivated.  That...
Online teaching can present challenges for teachers, particularly if we feel we have to create a class quickly, or in an emergency. This posting offers five concrete tips for creating a successful online language learning class:  (1) Provide the right level of leadership; (2) Create a portal for all course content (3) Set up a simple...
[From Listening in Action, Michael Rost] I am often asked to give a definition of listening to teachers, and though I have learned a lot about listening over the years, I still typically go back to the introduction of my first teacher training book, Listening in Action, to give an overview. Here it is, aging...
Michael Rost extracted and modified from Teaching and Researching Listening 3rd edition 1.1       Hearing and listening In everyday use, the terms hearing and listening and  and understanding are often interchanged, the implication being that if you are to “hear” something, then of course are “listening” to it intentionally, and as a result you are able to “understand” it, in some meaningful way.  “Did you...
  Michael Rost Series Editor Contemporary Topics 4th Edition (Pearson) Is it an oxymoron? “Teaching listening” is really an oxymoron:  it’s impossible teach listening.  You can present situations and opportunities for someone to learn to listen better, and then provide feedback, but it is of course up to the listener to do the learning.  And yes, you can help learners...