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Quick Write 082111 “Reconsider how to teach listening”

Since I got back from the TOEIC camp, I’ve been reconsidering my teaching methods including my attitude to students. The 5-day intensive teaching in a very much confined circumstance has given me a lot of suggestions worth giving my serious thought. One of the areas that I’m planning to revise my in-class teaching is listening. I’ll revisit my thoughts in QW 0817 regarding the “repeat-understand-overlap-shadow” training. What kind of listening practice would you think of to improve your scores on the TOEIC listening section? Of course, it’s important to understand its test formats, the feature of each section, effective strategies and techniques, and to become familiar with what would appear on the actual test. It might be effective as well as efficient to memorize the whole conversations or talks on all of the TOEIC official books already published. (It really works, folks!) But the most important thing, I believe, is to improve your general listening skill itself, which eventually is conducive to improving your score on the TOEIC listening section.

Whenever learners, some of whom are TOEIC test takers and some of whom are TOEFL ITP test takers, seek advice for how to improve their listening skill, I’d say “Listen to the material many times until you no longer hear something new. (I’d call it ‘a discovery’.) Then, read the script, check unfamiliar words and understand what is written there, just like you’re dealing with a passage in the reading section. And read the script aloud while trying to understand what you’re speaking, not trying to translate it into Japanese. (This is what you ever call ‘Ondoku’.) Next, keep reading the script aloud with the audio, in other words ‘overlap’ the script until you become able to speak along the audio without delay. Finally, listen to the material again to check your final comprehension. Repeat this cycle on any listening material.” This is all meant for building and expanding your database that you’ll need to comprehend what is being spoken. But actually, that’s what you’re supposed to do at home, and that’s the training you can do alone. In class, however, teachers should implement what learners can’t do at home or on their own. That’s what teachers are for, right? I’ll no longer teach TOEIC classes in the fall semester, but will implement the “repeat-understand-overlap-shadow” training in my TOEFL classes. I used to do the short version of the aforementioned listening practice in class so that learners get used to the training and do it by themselves. I’ll keep assigning this self-practice to the students, but in class, I’ll try doing something more intensive. Probably, I’ll have to keep modifying my initial teaching plans until I settle with something I can give my go-head to, but you gain nothing new unless you give it a try. Right?

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