On 4th June 2021 I did a presentation as part of IH Bucharest’s regular series of webinars. I did a version of a talk I first presented at IATEFL 2014, sharing activities you can use to train students to understand real-world listening, not just coursebook audio.
Bridging the gap between classroom and real-world listening
“I’ve studied English for years, but I can’t understand anyone!” This was a common complaint from students I worked with in the UK. Inspired by their problems and the work of John Field and Richard Cauldwell, this workshop aims to introduce you to practical activities and materials you can use to help students transition from understanding scripted listening materials to feeling comfortable with real-world English.
Here is a recording of the talk, including more information about IH Bucharest and the teacher training they offer:
Here are the slides:
The books I recommended are:
- Collins English for Life: Listening A2 by Chris Flint and Jamie Flockhart
- Listening in the Language Classroom by John Field
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I also recommend showing your students how to make the most of podcasts. I wrote a post on my Independent English blog which you can use as an introduction or to find links to some podcasts I recommend.
I’ve previously shared resources related to weak forms, including more word clouds like the one in the presentation.
The audio tracks are not included in the presentation, so I’ve uploaded them to Audioboom so you can listen to them and/or use them in class. No copyright infringement is intended.
New English File Intermediate, CD 2, Track 13
Kermode and Mayo anecdote from 20th Sept 13 programme
Ibiza holiday disaster paragraph NEF Pre-Int U2A
Today we’re looking at a lot of listening activities
I’m here for a conference
If you’d like to find other resources connected to listening skills, beyond the ones shared in the presentation, I would also recommend: