Design Successful Learning
Level:             Intermediate Students:        All ages Purpose:         Develop inferencing ability; develop use of background knowledge to fill in missing information or imagine scenes Text type:  Audio file of sound effects or live produced sound effects In this activity… Students listen to a sequence of two to four sounds (e.g. sound of footsteps, a package falling...
For me, the discovery of “selective listening” was a breakthrough in understanding how to teach oral language. I began to see that learning to listen involved the ability to “extract” information – selectively – from what you hear. Of course! It was Joan Morley at University of Michigan who was my first mentor in this...
The first teacher training book I had published is called “Listening in Action.” It contained 4 main sections about designing different types of listening practice. The most popular was the section on “selective listening” tasks. Here’s the intro to that section. See other posts for guidelines for specific activties. ———————————————————————————————–             Selective listening activities address...
We were all taught at home and at school to “pay attention” – that the goal of listening is to fully understand what someone is saying.In practice, people don’t always fully listen. In fact, very seldom. Maybe never. Instead of listening fully, people make choices when listening. They apply filters. You might say they “half-listen”...
Selective listening is the intention to tune in to input in a way that makes the listening experience more focused and more “efficient” – that is, more directly serving the listener’s goals.  Listen to as little as possible, use as little energy as possible, in order to “get it.” In many academic and professional settings,...