How to prepare lesson plans for ESL listening activities
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will have to be able to prepare lesson plans for listening activities.
Listening skills are normally assessed by a combination of multiple-choice and short answer questions; being an integral part of almost all ESL certificates, it is important that your lesson plans for listening activities are of a very high standard. One way in which this can be achieved is by using a ‘before, during, and after’ listening activities methodology. In the ‘before listening phase, trainee and novice ESL teachers should introduce the listening material with a view to motivating the students: listening activities are by nature artificial; however, by using videos based on the same themes as the listening activities – your ESL students will be more motivated to engage in the listening activities, and the experience will be much more ‘realistic’.
It will also give you the opportunity to highlight important words and expressions which may be needed for the ‘during phase’. Motivation can also be achieved by contextualizing listening activities: your lesson plan should include listening scenarios that are similar to the student’s own life experiences, e.g. ‘going shopping’, ‘visiting relatives’ and ‘watching sports activities’.
This is especially important for young students; however, for older ESL students (CEFR level B2 and above) this may not be possible; indeed, it may not even be necessary. In the ‘during phase’, the students actually do the listening activity. Your lesson plan should allow time for the listening activity to be heard two or three times, and time should also be allowed for the ESL teacher to explain the listening activity and answer any queries: before you commence the listening activity, go through all the questions and make sure the students understand them and that there are no unknown words or expressions. For those who would object to this practice, it should be remembered that it is the students’ listening skills that are being assessed – not their vocabulary or reading comprehension.
The ESL teacher should make the effort to listen to the listening activity before it is done in class: noting any difficulties. In the ‘after phase: the lesson plan should concentrate on correction, explanation, and analysis of the student’s responses to the listening activities. You should incorporate the transcripts in your lesson plan and refer to them in support of the correct answers.
You should also make a note of the times on the transcript when the responses to the set questions are heard on the CD/DVD you are listening to: this will save you a lot of time when searching for the required responses, and playback will provide your students with important feedback which they can use to analyze their responses.
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- Please note, Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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 Everything TEFL 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
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
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.