Listening in the Language Classroom

JohnField


Listening in the Language Classroom

Listening in the Language Classroom

  • Title: Listening in the Language Classroom
  • Author: JohnField
  • ISBN: 9780521685702
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback



This book challenges the orthodox approach to the teaching of second language listening, which is based upon the asking and answering of comprehension questions The book s central argument is that a preoccupation with the notion of comprehension has led teachers to focus upon the product of listening, in the form of answers to questions, ignoring the listening process iThis book challenges the orthodox approach to the teaching of second language listening, which is based upon the asking and answering of comprehension questions The book s central argument is that a preoccupation with the notion of comprehension has led teachers to focus upon the product of listening, in the form of answers to questions, ignoring the listening process itself The author provides an informed account of the psychological processes which make up the skill of listening, and analyses the characteristics of the speech signal from which listeners have to construct a message Drawing upon this information, the book proposes a radical alternative to the comprehension approach and provides for intensive small scale practice in aspects of listening that are perceptually or cognitively demanding for the learner Listening in the Language Classroom was winner of the Ben Warren International Trust House Prize in 2008.


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This book is a direct outcome of the author's decades of teaching English listening skills to L2 learners. Field is a model of mindful, attentive teaching and interaction with his students. By carefully observing and assessing their responses to different approaches, he was able to pick out what really works and helps them make concrete progress in their listening skills. He emphasizes, for example, the importance of exposing learners to authentic examples of the language very early on in order [...]


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