Listening

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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Learning Listening in Liverpool

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.

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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Learning Listening

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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Learning Listening with Unscripted Language

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.

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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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.

Pronunciation for Listeners Webinar

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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:00
Venue: 
Delta Webinar
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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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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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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.

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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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.

Pronunciation as a Listening Skill at NATESOL

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Event date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 11:45
Venue: 
Salford City College
Location: 
Worsley, Greater Manchester
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Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

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. Find PDF of handout below...

Teaching Listening with Authentic Audio Texts

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 16:00
Venue: 
IATEFL Liverpool
Location: 
Hall 14
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Includes handouts
Talks - hancockmcdonald.com/talks

It is often said that we test rather than teach listening. In this workshop, we consider the characteristics of classroom listening tasks and activities we can use with authentic audio materials. They have been designed to develop the listening skill, and simultaneously help non-native listeners become more effective, confident and autonomous.

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