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Re: Listening

Posted By: Stephen
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2013, at 4:44 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Listening (Rosalind Austin)

Monolingual adult- elderly Chinese.
But the point of my question is what type of general activity can work to promote use of background knowledge.


You have a group of second language learners who have a wealth of knowledge in their own language and culture. Perhaps shy but certainly knowledgeable, I am sure they all want and are all willing to share their background with you and with classmates. You as a teacher can tap into their varied family histories, their hobbies, recreation, etc.

Act as a facilitator in class. Have them pair off or in groups. Each group or pair picks a common theme (say recreation activities) and prepares a presentation with lots of pictures on this topic.

It really doesn't matter their L2 level (assuming they are not rock bottom beginners). You as a teacher in the background notes what is being done (in)correctly in terms of second language learning.

Once the activity is completed, then EFL teaching can take place using what you have observed as lesson planning and delivery.

Listening on the learners part needs to take place for the activity to succeed. Students are more apt to listen to what they did correctly or incorrectly regarding either written or spoken language since they created the context.

Bottom up learning language acquisition, as you mentioned, is not the best motivator for L2 acquisition.

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Rosalind Austin -- Tuesday, 1 October 2013, at 1:10 p.m.
Re: Listening
Tim -- Thursday, 3 October 2013, at 2:08 p.m.
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Rosalind Austin -- Friday, 4 October 2013, at 4:49 p.m.
Re: Listening
Stephen -- Sunday, 6 October 2013, at 4:44 a.m.

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