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Listening is now regarded by researchers and practitioners as a highly active skill involving prediction, inference, reflection, constructive recall, and often direct interaction with speakers. In this new theoretical and practical guide, Michael Rost and JJ Wilson demonstrate how active listening can be developed through guided instruction. With so many new technologies and platforms for communication, there are more opportunities than ever before for learners to access listening input, but this abundance leads to new challenges:
- how to choose the right input
- how to best use listening and viewing input inside and outside the classroom
- how to create an appropriate syllabus using available resources
Active Listening explores these questions in clear, accessible prose, basing its findings on a theoretical framework that condenses the most important listening research of the last two decades. Showing how to put theory into practice, the book includes fifty innovative activities, and links each one to relevant research principles. Sample audio recordings are also provided for selected activities, available online at the series website www.pearsoned.co.uk/rostwilson.
As a bridge between theory and practice, Active Listening will encourage second language teachers, applied linguists, language curriculum coordinators, researchers, and materials designers to become more active practitioners themselves, by more fully utilising research in the field of second language listening.
Table of Contents
Preface, Part I From Research to Implications, Part II From Implications to Application, Frame 1 Affective Frame, Frame 2 Top Down Frame, Frame 3 Bottom Up Frame, Frame 4 Interactive Frame, Frame 5 Autonomous Frame, Part III From Application to Implementation, Issue 1 Choosing the content of the listening curriculum, Issue 2 Organising the listening curriculum 247, Issue 3 Integrating listening with other skills, Issue 4 Adapting the listening curriculum: institutional constraints and opportunities, Issue 5 Adapting the listening curriculum: different student populations, Issue 6 Adapting and creating the listening curriculum: different teachers, Part IV From Implementation to Research, Appendix 1: Active listening strategies, Appendix 2: Audio files to accompany activities, References
Michael Rost has taught in Togo, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S. He is currently an instructional designer for Lateral Communications in San Francisco.
JJ Wilson has taught in Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, Italy, the UK, and the U.S., where he is writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University.