Gifu JALT:

New ways of teaching listening

Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Andrew Blyth (University of Canberra)

In the past, teachers have not actually taught listening, but tested it instead. That is, commonly teachers used to play an audio cassette, elicit answers to comprehension questions, and so ‘teaching listening’ was supposedly done. Such listening instruction was often just another means to re-present a grammar target, and so listening was not taught for itself. The view to be presented is that listening can be taught, but with a preference for methodologies and activities with proven results. The presentation will briefly reintroduce basic ELT listening theory, and then cover some new ideas in listening theory. New ideas include teaching pronunciation, rhythm, as well as raising awareness of blending, assimilation, vowel reductions, a brief discussion on extensive listening, and more. Finally, practical demonstrations on teaching listening will be given.

Organization: Gifu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Gifu JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (first time free)

Venue: JR Gifu Station, Heartful Square, 2nd floor, east wing

Location: Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan


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