Listening

The Challenges of Unscripted Language

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Telecom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris, France
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Unscripted language is usually very different to the spoken language students encounter when doing listening activities in a general English course. Consequently, when students come to listen to spontaneous chat or discussion they are faced with many difficulties. What might these be and what can we teachers do about it?

Learning Listening: The Challenges of Unscripted Langauge

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 14:45
Venue: 
English UK North Academic Conference 2015, Liverpool
Location: 
LILA, New Barrett House, 47 North John Street
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Many students studying English want (or even need) to be able to understand the spontaneous, unscripted speech they find themselves immersed in as people chat away around them. For students schooled on a diet of scripted ELT material the challenge is truly daunting; for teachers wishing to help, the unruly nature of conversational spoken English makes it difficult to know where to start.

The Parasol

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This song is based on a painting by Francisco de Goya in the Prado Museum in Madrid. The lyric refers to Goya as 'he', the girl in the painting as 'you' and the singer himself as 'I'. It speculates as to why the boy stands holding the parasol for the girl.

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:15
Venue: 
IATEFL 2015
Location: 
Manchester Central
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On the surface of it, unscripted language is a total mess, and it's a wonder that anybody can understand any of it. It stops and starts, interrupts and stumbles, slows and accelerates, and generally breaks all the grammar rules you’ve ever learnt. So, how can we help learners to make sense of it?

Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:45
Venue: 
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Filologia
Location: 
Salamanca, Spain
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It’s nearly time for the 38th TESOL-Spain National Convention, where this year, as well as catching up with friends, I’ll be presenting on Learning Listening: The challenge of unscripted language.

University Life

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This is a sample lesson from Authentic Listening Resource Pack based on a video in which Alan interviews Maria and Ning about university life in their home countries, Russia and China.

Life on Mars

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This is an authentic listening activity based on a video recording of a 3-minute lecture. Swiss scientist Bechara Saab talks about the possibility of a colony on Mars.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 13:45
Venue: 
TESOL France Colloquium
Location: 
Paris
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None of us throw our class into a listening unprepared, do we? It would be unfair - after all, in real life, we're normally listening with certain expectations. But often in ELT, our pre-listening activities are limited to a bit of discussion of the topic and maybe some pre-teaching of new vocabulary.

Pronunciation for Listeners

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This is a sample lesson from our book Authentic Listening Resource Pack (Delta Publishing). You will find the photocopiable lesson on PDF below, as well as the audio material as a downloadable mp3 file.

The Intelligence of Ants

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This is an authentic listening activity from a radio programme on the subject of ants. It is a sample lesson from our new book Authentic Listening Resource Pack (Delta Publishing).

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