5 Ways to Improve Listening Skills in the EFL Classroom
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Listening is one of the more difficult skills to master when learning a foreign language. At the same time, it can be one of the more difficult skills to teach in the EFL classroom. Because it is such a complex skill which requires knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, it can be tricky to know how to improve listening skills l in the classroom. The problem then becomes that teachers are unsure how to handle listening in the classroom and end up addressing listening tasks quite haphazardly and ineffectively.
To help you out, here are six strategies to help improve your learners’ listening skills.
Consider the genre
In real life, when we listen we have an understanding of the genre of whatever we are listening to. This helps us process the information we are hearing. In the classroom we can discuss the background to the listening text so that the listening is not being done in isolation. In other words, the students can think about the participants, the formality of the text, the format of the text and ultimately predict the content.
Consider the speaker
Similarly, students need to think about the characteristics of the speaker before they can be expected to tackle the content of the listening. This is done by listening to the speaker and becoming comfortable with the speaker’s voice and accent. In reality, this is what happens when we first start listening to someone speak and we adjust to their speech patterns. In the classroom, this is done by allowing the students to listen to a short extract from the listening before tackling the main task to familiarise themselves with the speaker.
Get the students involved
Invariably we want our students to ask some kind of questions about the listening, to ensure they have understood what they have heard. Instead of giving them questions, give them some time to construct their own questions based on the information they have from the initial short extract. In other words, they will write questions about what they think will come up in the listening. These questions can then be given to other students to answer during the listening.
Once the listening text has been played a few times and the students have answered what questions they can, allow some time for feedback. During this time the students can compare the information they found out by listening for the answers to their questions. Bearing in mind that there will be numerous different questions, there will be different answers and different information found out. Once the content of the text has been dealt with adequately, ask questions which will elicit a personal response from the students.
Don’t forget about language
The final piece of the puzzle is to tackle any language issues which may have come out of the listening. It is usually necessary to provide the listening script to the learners so that the language can be seen as well as heard.
Listening is a complex skill and helping our learners become more adequate listeners is no easy feat. By following these five steps your listening lessons will be that much more effective and your students will become that much better at listening.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.