Teaching EFL Learners Shadowing for Listening : Developing learners' bottom-up skills book cover
1st Edition

Teaching EFL Learners Shadowing for Listening
Developing learners' bottom-up skills

ISBN 9780815360902
Published January 3, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Shadowing, an active and highly cognitive technique for EFL listening skill development, in which learners track heard speech and vocalize it simultaneously, is gradually becoming recognized. However, there remain a lot of mysteries and misunderstandings about it. This book uncovers shadowing in terms of theory and practice. This book cements shadowing as a separate technique from other similar techniques such as Elicited Imitation, Mirroring, and simple repetition, and provides ample empirical data to explain the function of Shadowing. It also elaborates on how Shadowing should be used in terms of materials, procedure, and learners’ psychology, which would aid in instructors’ use of Shadowing in teaching. A guide on a method effective in improving learners’ bottom-up listening skills, this book will certainly prove useful to English Language learners and instructors in their linguistic pursuits.

Table of Contents

1. History and Theoretical Background of Shadowing   2. Empirical Studies on the Effectiveness of Shadowing on Listening Skills  3. Materials and Time-Effective Approach to Conduct Shadowing  4. Understanding Learners’ Psychological Aspects in Shadowing Training  5. Potential Use of Shadowing in EFL Curriculum  6. Further Possibility of Research in Shadowing

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Yo Hamada is Associate Professor at the Center for Promotion of Educational Research and Affairs at Akita University, Japan.


"I thoroughly recommend this book to educators and teachers who are looking to increase L2 listening skills in low-level listeners. I enjoyed the author’s personal introduction and reflection on his own language learning experiences and feel they help the reader more fully understand his research motivation as well as his perspective. The book provides fundamental information on the history and practice of shadowing in the EFL classroom and the findings are supported by a number of studies." - Jessica Krentzman, JALT Journal