Different communication situations have different goals, whether it's obtaining information, securing directions, or solving a problem. This series teaches students to know what they are listening for and match their listening strategy to the communication situation.
- Learn to listen with a purpose and adjust listening strategies to fit the situation
- Improve performance in the classroom; on tests; and in everyday listening, reading, and speaking
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
The books are listed below in order of difficulty. The books may be purchased as a 6-book set or individually. The 6-book set consists of:
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Details
Listen for details with tasks progressing from matching clues to pictures, to following verbal directions and answering questions about details in a passage.
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Main Idea
Learn to listen for the "big picture." Start by differentiating the main idea from details in pictures and progress to labeling groups of items. Finally, identify the main idea of articles, messages, fables, and more.
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Sequencing
Begin by listening for numerical/alphabetical order and word order. Progress to learning the vocabulary of sequencing (e.g., first and last, before and after) and following multi-step directions. Then, sequence multi-step picture stories and events heard in reading passages.
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Story Comprehension
Students listen to pictured-supported dialogs and stories and answer questions about them. They listen as more complex passages are read and answer questions about absurdities, missing events, and conflict and resolution.
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Reasoning and Problem Solving
Listen and practice these core skills: association, categorization, and exclusion; comparing/contrasting and true/false; determining cause and effect; predicting and preventing problems; and determining fact from opinion and supporting or rejecting opinions.
Spotlight on Listening Comprehension Making Inferences
Learn to reason and make logical inferences by answering questions with and without picture supports. Includes lessons on making predictions, making inferences from the speaker's speaking style, and understanding nonverbal language.
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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 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