One of the best ways to take advantage of video in the ESL classroom is to offer students a host of techniques that can be used outside of class. These techniques can make home study periods more entertaining and productive. Students should work with fragments of dialogue or short films. They should actively do … More Teaching Students How to Use Video at Home
A friend sent me this link to a video. Before you click on that link, read these instructions: Don’t read the description and don’t look at the video image. As you click the link, close your eyes and don’t open them while you listen Listen and figure out what you … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red
Let’s look, first, at several explanations of the word “method”, then we’ll get into the madness. Webster’s Dictionary: 1: a procedure or process for attaining an object: as a (1) : a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) : a systematic plan followed in presenting material for … More What is this Madness Behind the “Method”?
We were at war. We had to send troupes over to that far away place. In that far away place, most people did not speak American. Our brave boys would have to be able to communicate, to buy bread, to interrogate prisoners, to give orders, to meet girls. They had to learn languages, and fast. … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one
So, let’s take an example I gave on that forum mentioned a couple of posts ago: the word “hello”. Most of our students will be quite familiar with the word “hello”, both the string of sounds that make up the word, as well as the correct usage of the word and the possible responses when … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 03
Now, let’s take a look at another take on “listening”, this one from an online ESL website with fairly regular activity. On this page on the Internet, we can find the following ideas put forth: “’Listening’ is receiving language through the ears.” Well, if we consider the ideas put forth by Barthes, this … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse 02
Now, in my first posting on this subject, I presented two, well-known activities related to “listening”: the taped conversation, listened to and then quizzed upon, and the viewing from beginning to end of a movie in English with a possible (if time permits!) discussion period afterwards. In this post I’m going to wind the clock … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse 01: Roland Barthes
Of course, there’s a book in this. However, just to get the juices flowing, here’s some thoughts on this activity, commonly known as “listening”, in the ESL classroom. Testing for listening skills I’ve been thinking on this since yesterday, when I saw a question on a social platform about testing teachers on … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse 00