Listening

Developing the Listening Skill: Tips for Materials Design

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Event date: 
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 19:00
Venue: 
TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filología
Extra info: 
Includes handouts
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What aspects of listening, learning and listener character traits come into play when we take authentic listening texts into our classrooms and how might they relate to tasks and activities we devise? In this workshop we’ll look at the challenges authentic listening texts present for non-expert listeners around B2 level.

Hints and tips on developing listening skills using authentic materials (TESOL France)

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 16:45
Venue: 
TESOL France
Location: 
Paris
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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Do you want to use more authentic listening materials with your learners? Are you looking for ideas on the kind of tasks you could design that will make the listening experience doable, develop your learners’ skills and inculcate confidence - all at the same time? And what's ambiguity and risk got to do with it all? Just some of the questions to be mulled over in this session.
 

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
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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.

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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Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

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.

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
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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.

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
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

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 (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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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.

Helping Students Become More Effective Listeners

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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 15:30
Venue: 
BRAZ-TESOL 2012
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Extra info: 
Handouts and downloads
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In this workshop, we’ll analyse some of the challenges language learners face when listening to authentic texts. Then we’ll take a walk through a listening lesson, trying out and discussing the different types of tasks which ‘teach’ listening, and help learners aspiring to B2 level become more effective, confident and autonomous listeners.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English

Speaker: 
Event date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 17:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain Annual National Convention
Location: 
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
 - hancockmcdonald.com/talks/focus/9

There is a video of this lecture recorded at TESOL Spain, Bilbao below. Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we will see how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we will look at features of connected speech, intonation, and accent.

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