Design Successful Learning
3. CONCEPT     The Experiential Listening Space Practical Considerations:  THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE • Am I interested in this (input)? • Does this (topic) relate to what I already know and have a stake in?  (Is it “authentic” for me?) • Do I want to engage with this (content)? • Do I want to interact with (my fellow students)? • Is there...
Holistic Approaches to Language Teaching Holistic approaches to teaching communication Michael Rost University of California, Berkeley Holistic approaches to language education take into account the learner’s personal, social, and professional growth in addition to their linguistic development. Research into the nature of spoken language and second language acquisition has assisted us in characterizing successful communication...
[JS1]  Objective listening skills have long been highly valued since the inclusion of listening sections in major standardized language tests (Buck, 2001).  The skills that have been assessed most widely fall into two major categories: • Top-level attributes The ability to recognize main ideas and themes The ability to identify relevant information to support an idea...
In my experience with learners, there are 6 “intervention points” in which listening skills can be practiced: pre-listening, while-listening (first listening), second listening, immediate post-listening, follow up post-listening,  and later appropration.  Most teachers and most students tend to focus on the “first listening” phase as the primary – or even only – phase to practice listening, but...
Listening is a complex ability, involving the coordination of multiple cognitive processes. As such, listening is not a single, isolated skill, but rather a complex of psychological processes that can be isolated and developed. This means that there are a number of practices that will help someone listen better. The key is to find the...