Design Successful Learning

Concept:  

, Variables in teaching listening, Lateral Communications

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 Listening “Strategies” 

5 Proficiency “Bands”

10 Types of “Feedback” 

25 Testing “Prompts”

40 Practice “Tasks” 

, Variables in teaching listening, Lateral Communications

There is a well-known principle of psychology called “habit formation”: every time we perform one action, we increase the likelihood that we will do it again.  So the more we repeat the same choices when we teach, the more likely we are to keep repeating them – and the less likely we are to even notice that we nearly always have options of other actions.  “Mindfulness” is the decision to make a pause before we execute an action and consider alternatives.