Tasks to Do While Listening

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Are you looking for inspiration for classroom activities that use listening skills? The follow list from Improving ESL Learners' Listening Skills: At the Workplace and Beyond by Carol Van Duzer includes nine responses to listening that a tutor can use as listening comprehension checks:

  1. Doing: the listener responds physically such as in Total Physical Response;
  2. Choosing: the listener selects from alternatives such as pictures, objects, texts, or actions;
  3. Transferring: the listener transforms the message such as drawing a route on map, or filling in a chart;
  4. Answering: the listener answers about the text;
  5. Condensing: the listener takes notes or makes an outline;
  6. Extending: the listener goes beyond the text by continuing the story or solving a problem;
  7. Duplicating: the listener simply repeats or translates the message;
  8. Modeling: the listener performs a similar task, e.g., gives instructions to a coworker after listening to a model or;
  9. Conversing: the listener is an active participant in a face-to-face conversation.

Looking for something for students to listen to? Try these.

Voice of America Special English
Current events, American history, health, science, and other stories
http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/

Randall’s ESL Listening Lab
Conversations about everyday topics, divided by level
http://www.esl-lab.com/

Ello
Videos of English learners answering conversational questions as well as lessons to go with the videos.
http://www.elllo.org/video/index.htm

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