Listening

Workshop: Designing Listening Activities

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 17:30
Venue: 
GRETA
Location: 
Granada
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Handouts and downloads
Effective Listening

In this workshop, we’ll be talking about and trying out various activities to use with authentic listening texts.
We’ll look at ways of activating different types of background knowledge, before moving on to consider the purpose and practicalities of materials design for activities which help students develop their decoding and meaning-building skills.

IATEFL Hungary: Annie McDonald on authentic listening materials design

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 20:00
IATEFL-Hungary - hancockmcdonald.com/blog/topic/iatefl-hungary

Annie began the workshop with a snippet taken from a BBC studio interview and participants listened and brainstormed the problems the text would present for a student approaching a B2 level in English.

Materials Design: Helping Learners Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Hungary
Location: 
Eger
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

Designing a listening lesson based on authentic texts poses several challenges, not least because of the qualities of the texts themselves. However, with careful task design, we can mediate the difficulty level and ‘teach’ rather than 'test' listening.

Wrong Lyrics 1

Wrong Lyrics 1 - hancockmcdonald.com/node/244/edit
This is a fun awareness-raising activity matching correct and misheard song lyrics based on a video - see below. There is also an audio-only version available to download.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:15
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

Nowadays, the internet gives us easy access to audio (and audio-visual) recordings, and, naturally, many learners of English will want / need / try to listen to some of what’s available. However, and despite the amount of time spent ‘doing’ listening in the language classroom, they will often feel frustrated when they try to follow such recordings.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Poland)

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 11:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
Extra info: 
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Mark Hancock

Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This session is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

More on authentic listening

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Modern English Teacher Vol 21 No 2

In the current issue of Modern English Teacher, http.//www.onlinemet.com, there's a very informative, useful and convincing article by Sheila Thorn on 'Debunking Authentic Listening (MET Vol 21, No 2, pgs 65-69) in which she puts the case for using authentic listenings in the classroom.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Sweden)

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Event date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:00 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:15
Location: 
Sweden (Gothenburg & Stockholm)
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Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we looked at how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we looked at features of connected speech and accent. You can download the slides and handout for the talk below.

Blues Band

ELT thoughts, news and updates - hancockmcdonald.com/blog
Want to know about a new blues band's first visit to Spain? Justin Coe tells us about the band, their music and reviews their recent concerts in Madrid and Barcelona.

Listeners Club

ELT Materials: Listeners Club
Here you will find two listening lessons based on the same snippets from an English Language Broadcast on the Spanish National Radio station.

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