Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red

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

Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

A long time ago (when the Earth was green), I heard a language-teaching nightmare story about a particular “method” that I want to share. Since I can’t find any references that confirm this story, I won’t slander the “method” by naming it directly. Let’s call this the “Quince Method”. The “Quince Method” (QM) was developed … More Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

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 Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

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

Listening to the Universe of Discourse 02

  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

Listening to the Universe of Discourse 01: Roland Barthes

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

Listening to the Universe of Discourse 00

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