Challenges in Teaching & Developing Listening Skills

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Teaching of Listening Skill PEELT)


Challenges In Teaching & Developing Listening Skills5/20/12


reflect and review teachers classroom practices in the teaching of listening. examine challenges faced by teachers in teaching and learning of listening skills. offer solutions to meet challenges faced by teachers and pupils.5/20/12 identify and examine listening




Activity 1: Reflecting on practices in teaching listening skillsTask 1(page 8): In your group, discuss how do you teach listening in your class? Consider:To

what extent do you teach listening skill? do you normally do in your listening class? 5/20/12



your experience in your it with the whole groups.

group.Share You

may want to consider:

Which of the tasks have you used in the classroom? Which have you not used? What are your reasons for using some and not others?5/20/12

Activity 2: Challenges In Teaching ListeningTask 1:Listening

skill is often considered a difficult skill to teach and develop. many teachers avoid teaching this skill. do you think? do you think listening needs to be taught? 5/20/12

Hence, What Why

The importance of developing the listening skillComprehending the spoken form of the target language is one of the most difficult tasks for the language learner, yet it is probably the most neglected skill in language teaching.5/20/12

Paulson, C.B. (1976)

Effective communicators are, first and foremost, effective listeners. Only when you listen to your partners and understand their perspectives can you make informed choices about what to say or do. Whether youre listening to your instructor in class, or to persuasive message through the media, or to a friend who 5/20/12 needs your help and support,

Task 2: (Groupwork)Listening is considered an important skill that needs to be developed among our learners. However, teachers and learners face difficulties in teaching and learning this skill.

What are the challenges faced by you in teaching listening? Suggest solutions to these challenges.5/20/12

Some of the challenges faced by teachers are:1. Sourcing for appropriate listening texts. 2. Cannot see the processing done by the learners. 3. Technical problems with equipment. 4. Time consuming. 5. Not tested in centralized5/20/12

Task 3: GroupworkTeachers

are not the only ones who have problems teaching listening. have difficulties too in developing their listening skills.


What are the challenges faced by your learners in listening? Suggest solutions you would use to meet these challenges?

5/20/12 Complete the

table in the poster

Potential problems in learning to listen to English. culture and education Pps whoseincludes a strong storytelling and oral communication tradition are better at listening than those from a reading and book-based background.Pps

who are familiar with the stress and intonation occur in English have less trouble than 5/20/12

Potential problems in learning to listen.1. Lack of control over the speed at which speaker speaks.

Learners are busy working out the meaning of one part that they miss the next part. Or, they simply ignore a whole chunk because they fail to sort it out quickly.



The learner is not always in a position to get the speaker to repeat an utterance.

Repetition cannot be asked for when listening to radio or watching television. The decision to control the recorded material is not in the hands of the learner.5/20/12

3. Choice of vocabulary is in the hands of the speakers.

An unknown word can be like a suddenly dropped barrier causing them to stop and think about the meaning, thus missing the next part of the speech. Let things that have passed rather than dwelling upon them often gives 5/20/12 surprisingly good result.

4. Learners need to concentrate as the shortest break in attention can seriously impair comprehension.

Listening work is very tiring. Make the topic interesting.


5. An inferior machine or poor recording can make it very hard for the learner.

Ensure the equipment is in good condition.


6. Learners are worried if they fail to understand a particular word or phrase when they are listening.

Encourage moderns to take chances in order to prepare the learners for the listening experiences they will have outside the classroom.


Activity 3:Listening Strategies For Effective Listening Task 1:Refer Study

to page 11.

the list of strategies which your learners can use to develop their listening skills. many of these strategies have you taught your learners? in your group.5/20/12



Task 2: (page 12 17)In

your group, discuss and complete the table on how and when to teach the listening strategies. (Refer to Handout A, B and C). Identify the strategies in column 1(use the strategies listed in Task 1). Refer to CS and identify the listening sub-skills that these 5/20/12



Handout A:Listening Strategy CS How to teach it When to teach it/ Type of text

A. Be ready and have a plan to achieve a given task. B. Use world knowledge to predict what will be said. C. Use

Y4: 1.5.2 Y5: 1.5.2 Y6: 1.5.3

Y4: 1.7.1 Y5: 1.7.4 Y6: 1.7.4 Y4: 1.3.35/20/12

Handout B:Listening Strategy CS How to teach it When to teach it/ Type of text

E. Pick out only salient points, listening Y4: 1.5.3 selectively and Y5: 1.5 ignoring Y6: 1.7.2 irrelevant details. F. Take notes, writing down relevant information in shorthand. G. Note an Y4: 1.7.1, 1.7.2 Y5: 1.5.1, 1.7 Y6: 1.5.15/20/12

Y4: 1.1.1

Handout C:Listening Strategy CS How to teach it When to teach it/ Type of text

I. Check with other listeners.

Y4: 1.5.4 Y5: 1.4.1 Y6: 1.1.2 Y4: Y5: Y6: Y4: Y5: Y6: 1.2.1 1.7.3 1.5.3 1.5.4 1.5.1 1.7.2

J. Ask for clarification. K. Reconstruct orally or in writing. L. Listen for transition

Y4: 1.7.3 Y5: 5/20/12 1.7.4

Thank you.