Design Successful Learning
Concept:   There are a large number of variables in teaching listening.  The goal of the language teacher is not to memorize or try out all of the variables, but rather to be mindful of the choices we’re making in our teaching for each of these variables.  3 Listening “Domains”  12 Input “Genres” 6  Intervention “Points”  15 Listening “Skills” 21...
CONCEPT One broad definition of listening is:   Constructing meaning through conscious attention to a source. The source doesn’t actually have to come through the ears, or only through the ears, but generally there is an audio component to listening.  Key terms are: Constructing = the listener is the one who creates the meaning (not the input source)...
CONCEPT: When teaching listening, it is helpful to understand the basic “real time”  nature of perception and processing.  It is a continuous process that involves instantaneous recognition of what is heard and instant calculation of potential meaning.  The two essential processes are:     hearing:  ear to brain transmission of sound  initial registration: parallel calculations of emotional tone, word recognition,...
CONCEPT: Listening is known to be a complex process and as such can be defined in numerous ways, depending on the salience of a particular aspect of the process to the “definer”.   Here are some examples of definitions given by experts in various disciplines.  Architecture An innovative and generative practice,  a strategy of engagement that we employ deliberately to explore a different landscape other than the one framed...
CONCEPT 0.  The C-C  note-taking technique Note-taking can be a useful comprehension-building and memory-building technique, if it’s done “consciously”, or it can be a distraction if it’s done randomly.  By consciously, I mean used as an intentional process of “capturing” cues from what you’re listening to and then – immediately or shortly after listening – “creating” the personal...