Listening

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).

Authentic Listening Resource Pack

Authentic listening Resource Pack

Authentic Listening Resource Pack (Delta Publishing, Jan 2015) provides an invaluable bank of selected audio and video material offering authentic listening practice, essential in developing students’ listening skills in preparation for being exposed to “real” English.

Pronunciation for Listeners Webinar

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:00
Venue: 
Delta Webinar
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Plus downloads
Pronunciation for listeners webinar

Think you heard it all? Think again! Expert listeners don't hear it all. They hear what's needed and disregard the 'noise'. But L2 listeners have to learn what counts as 'noise' in the target language. It’s not the ‘difficult’ words that present the biggest problem; it’s the ‘easy’ ones that are pronounced in unexpected ways.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:30
Venue: 
IATEFL Harrogate
Location: 
Harrogate UK
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Includes handouts
Background knowledge?

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.

Priming for Listening

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Event date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Complutense de Madrid
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Handouts and downloads
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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.

White Christmas

ELT thoughts, news and updates - hancockmcdonald.com/blog

Have fun in class and raise awareness of how pronunciation affects listening at word level and across words. Find the teacher's notes and worksheet pdf below, plus a video/karaoke of the song, and an audio-only mp3.

Wrong Lyrics 3

Wrong Lyrics 3 - hancockmcdonald.com/node/389/edit

This is a fun awareness-raising activity based on a video - see below. There is also an audio-only version available to download. See also Yes, today and Hay chewed.

Internet Quiz

 - hancockmcdonald.com/node

Here is a short quiz, ideal as a fun warmer or finisher, on the topic of the internet. Find the audio and script below. For a harder quiz, try Watery World.

Ray Parker on stress-timing

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:15
Blog - hancockmcdonald.com/blog

Ray Parker argued that, regarding stress-timing and rhythm, we have tended to throw the baby out with the bathwater. The notion that natural spoken English has a regular rhythm, he says, has been discredited by the research, but our response has been to abandon both that, and any attention to stress-timing.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:15
Venue: 
English UK
Location: 
London
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Plus downloads
Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will look at what features make connected speech difficult to follow. We will try out a series of tasks and games for raising awareness of these features. Finally, I will suggest how teachers can prepare their own micro-listening activities.

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