The cornerstone of comprehension, making inferences, becomes tangible for students with language-learning disorders. Students examine what they hear for a variety of clues and make meaningful connections to what they know.
- Improve everyday listening, classroom listening, and reading comprehension
- Make accurate inferences about what happened and where, why, and when it happened
- Predict what will happen next
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 reason and make logical inferences with this progression in activities:
- answer where and when questions with picture supports
- answer what, why, and how questions with picture supports
- make inferences about feelings using picture supports
- make predictions with picture supports
- answer wh- and how questions about what is read
- understand nonverbal language using picture supports
- make inferences from the speaker's volume and speaking style
- make inferences from what is heard
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Making Inferences 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 Making Inferences 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