On Listening


(Posting on listening; by one NEB)

Reminder: important points on listening

1. Listening is paying close attention to what is spoken and comprehending it.

2. What is meant by comprehending a spoken text is getting the topic, the details, the implication, and the conclusion of the spoken text.

3. At a receptive level, the comprehension of a spoken text is usually measured and assessed through students’ responses to given discrete comprehension questions: the yes-no and the wh- and how questions.

4. At a higher and productive level, the said comprehension is rendered in the form of students’ speaking and writing employing the topic, the details, the implication, and the conclusion of the spoken text put together.

5. To suggest the comprehension through speaking and writing, students—while listening—should take notes on what is spoken using the strategy known as ‘idea mapping’ giving the topic, the details, the implication, and the conclusion of the spoken text.

6. In giving the comprehension through speaking and writing, students can make use of the move of ideas in this order of topic sentence, details, implication, and conclusion based on the ideas they have mapped in their notes.

7. The rendering of comprehension through speaking and writing will not only train students’ listening skills alone but also enhance their speaking and writing skills at the same time.

8. Class-based listening is only temporary; real-life listening is final. That is, the ultimate objective of listening classes is for students to enjoy listening to various spoken texts in their daily life and understanding them right as they are being produced…

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