We all know that hearing is not the same as listening. As a child, I could hear my mom tell me to do something, but I didn’t actually listen to what she wanted. As a teacher, many students simply hear what you say, but don’t actually listen to the specific directions you’re giving.
There are three ways that you can support your struggling listeners and scaffold your listening exercises. The first is to support them through the recording that you choose or the materials that you make available. The second way is to structure your task in a way that will allow them to succeed and grow. The third way to support your struggling listeners is to teach them how to listen well.
Adults who learn a second language often have to put in more intentional time and effort because it's less likely to be freely given. This means that the journey to fluency seems much harder and longer than when you were a child. It's easy to be discouraged.
I want to offer you a few tips and tricks on how to help your students learn English faster and more efficiently. While you can't expedite language learning, you can certainly make changes in how you ask your students to use English in the classroom, the type of language they encounter in the classroom, and the amount of exposure and practice they get outside of the classroom.
Listening takes practice. Babies born into an English-speaking household begin learning how to listen from the moment they are born, and ELLs that attend an English class or move to an English speaking area begin learning how to listen from the second they step foot in the room or country.
If your students put time and effort into listening, their progress should be given the same attention that speaking, reading, and writing get. It should be measured.
If I were to ask you to come up with a unique speaking activity, I’m sure you’d have little-to-no trouble. If I were to ask you to come up with a unique reading or writing activity, I’m sure you’d have little-to-no trouble. However, if I were to ask you to come up with a unique listening activity, you might struggle a little bit more.Read More