Carefully sequenced activities guide students to identify the topic and main idea of what they hear. The learning parallels essential reading comprehension skills.
- Identify the topic and main idea of messages and stories
- Improve everyday listening, classroom listening, reading comprehension, and test-taking performance
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Students learn to visualize what they hear without picture-supports while keeping their listening purpose of identifying the main idea in mind as they hear the information presented orally. The activities progress systematically:
- differentiate the main idea from details in pictures
- identify the main idea of a picture
- identify the topic of a group of pictures
- identify the topic of groups of words
- identify the topic and main idea of paragraphs, fables, and messages
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 Main Idea 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 Main Idea 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