Most of the thinking and reasoning challenges students tackle every day come to them through the auditory channel. Help them logically problem-solve the information they hear.
- Use sound reasoning to solve problems
- Determine cause and effect, make logical predictions, support or reject opinions, and determine the speaker's purpose from what is heard
- Improve everyday listening, classroom listening, and reading comprehension
Build problem-solving skills by targeting these core reasoning skills:
- association, categorization, and exclusion
- comparing and contrasting and answering true/false questions
- determining cause and effect
- predicting and preventing problems
- determining fact vs. opinion and supporting or rejecting opinions
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
- a pretest/posttest
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Reasoning and Problem Solving 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 Reasoning and Problem Solving 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