Teach students to listen for details in what they hear with direct instruction, controlled content, and systematic progression in complexity.
- Understand and remember details in what is said
- Improve comprehension of directions and questions
- Improve everyday listening and classroom listening and test-taking performance
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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
Students learn to detect details with step-by-step lessons that progress in this order:
- read single details to identify pictures
- solve riddles with and without picture clues
- understand and follow detailed directions
- answer detail questions about pictures
- listen to single sentences and short passages and answer questions about details within them
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Details 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 Details 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