Teachers, instructional designers and language researchers have become increasingly interested in listening. The cumulative research on listening and the growing array of listening materials available to language learners has provided us with an expanding wealth of resources, delivered in innovative technologies. At the same time, this current abundance has created a need for a fresh...
Engagement is the life blood, the source of language learning – all learning actually.  Engagement is intertwined with motivation – but it is engagement which fuels the motivation cycle.          Over the years, through teaching, observation, and research, I have come up with my top ten teaching tips to increase engagement.     Tip 1:  Use great content  Whatever...
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...