Listening

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 14:15
Venue: 
7th-ELT-Malta-Conference
Location: 
Intercontinental Malta, St George’s Bay, St Juilan’s
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In this talk, we’ll see how the evidence of the ears can be influenced and thus is not as stable as we suppose. Having said that, an expert listener successfully employs a range of processes in order to understand what’s being said, but, obviously, it’s not so easy for the non-expert listener.

Understanding the Spoken Word

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Event date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 14:00
Venue: 
English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield
Location: 
78 Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7LG
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At the beginning of the workshop, participants will do a paused transcription activity to bring the listening processes employed by expert listeners to a level of consciousness. Expert listeners usually understand what they hear with a seemingly high degree of automaticity and lack of effort.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
27th IATEFL Poland Conference Wrocław
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Findings of research into the processing of spoken language point to the constructive nature of listening. In this talk, we’ll look at how L1 listening comprehension is influenced by various elements and compare this to the L2 listening endeavour. We’ll also exchange ideas on how we could possibly exploit this information when teaching listening to adults.

Listening as a Constructive Process

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Event date: 
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:15
Venue: 
Brighton Conference Centre
Location: 
Conference Centre, Room Hall 4, Brighton
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Findings of research into the processing of spoken language point to the constructive nature of listening. In this talk, we’ll look at how L1 listening comprehension is influenced by various elements and compare this to the L2 listening endeavour. We’ll also exchange ideas on how we could possibly exploit this information when teaching listening to adults.

Understanding the Spoken Word

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 18:45
Venue: 
Madrid
Location: 
Universidad Complutense Madrid, Facultad de Educaccion
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What exactly are we doing when we’re listening? In this session, we’ll try a little transcription experiment to find out. We’ll see that listening is not quite as passive, automatic or effortless as it may appear. We’ll then consider the difficulties of listening to speech in a non-native language before reflecting on the implications of our observations for classroom teaching.

Listening in Chunks

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Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 14:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Pron SIG
Location: 
University of Chester Parkgate Campus
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Listening lessons often encourage students to use strategies to guess meaning, without developing their ability to decode spoken English itself. Could focusing on language chunks be a missing link which helps students improve their listening skills? In this talk we’ll take a look at activities which might just do that.

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 09:30
Venue: 
Polo Ditattico
Location: 
Plazza Oderico da Pordenone 3
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When students listen to a text, many feel they are starting from scratch rather than building on what they have already mastered. Nowadays, technology enables teachers to create content and design effective activities which help learners make real listening progress. Come along and try out a selection of these activities!

Making Listening Memorable: Listening in Chunks

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Event date: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00
Venue: 
CEP de Granada
Location: 
Granada, Spain
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When it comes to ‘doing’ listening, many students feel they are starting from scratch rather than building on what they have already mastered. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the notion of ‘verbal stickiness’, and consider how we could exploit this phenomenon by focusing on various language patterns and using different activities to help students become more efficient and fluent listeners.

Listening as a Creative Process

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:45
Venue: 
TESOL-Spain 40th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Elche
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Findings of research into children’s processing of spoken language illustrate the creative nature of listening. What do we mean by ‘listening as a creative process’ and how can we use this when teaching listening to adults? In this workshop, we’ll look at some techniques which help learners develop transferrable skills and strategies and take them beyond a ‘one-off’ listening experience.

Pronunciation for Listeners

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Event date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:00
Venue: 
University of Chester
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In this session, we look at pronunciation from the perspective of listening. Find the slides on a PDF below. Here are links to some of the materials used in the talk.

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