Teach students to be active, intentional listeners. Explicit instruction using questions, pictures, and visual organizers helps them extract meaning from what they hear and gain confidence in the classroom and beyond.
- Develop holistic understanding of what is heard
- Improve everyday listening, classroom listening, reading comprehension, and test-taking performance
Written in the proven format of the Spotlight series, these activities help students develop listening skills with:
- picture-supported lessons that shift to listening-only activities
- carefully controlled vocabulary
- a wide variety of curricular content as well as daily life experiences
- minimal demands for writing
- story maps to help students interpret simple stories, stories with a problem and solution, and all the elements of a story
- a pretest/posttest
The activities systematically guide students to comprehend what they hear. They will:
- listen to short dialogs and point to pictures to answer wh- questions about them
- read illustrated stories and answer questions by referring back to the text
- listen to a story while looking at picture supports, then answer questions about the story
- listen to narratives and messages and identify absurdities, missing events, conflict, and resolution
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Story Comprehension may be purchased individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Listening Comprehension set. The 6-book set is listed below in order of difficulty:
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- Students may receive up to 90 percent of school information through listening.
"It is essential for language teachers to help their students become effective listeners....this means modeling listening strategies and providing listening practice" (NCLRCb, 2004).
- Effective listening strategies include (NCLRCa, 2004):
- listening for details and main ideas
- drawing inferences
- recognizing cognates
- recognizing word-order patterns
- "Listening instruction is especially scarce in primary and secondary schools notwithstanding the fact that listening is linked to both literacy and academic success" (Beall, Gill-Rosier, Tate, & Matten, 2008).
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Story Comprehension incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beall, M.L., Gill-Rosier, J., Tate, J., & Matten, A. (2008). State of the context: Listening in education. The International Journal of Listening, 22, 123-132.
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRCa). (2004). Strategies for developing listening skills. Retrieved March 17, 2009 from www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/stratlisten.htm
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRCb). (2004). Teaching listening. Retrieved March 17, 2009 from www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/liindex.htm