Tasks to Do While Listening


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

Randall’s ESL Listening Lab
Conversations about everyday topics, divided by level

Videos of English learners answering conversational questions as well as lessons to go with the videos.

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