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Principles for Teaching Listening

When designing your own listening activites, three things are important: the input you use, the "task" itself, and the kind of coaching you do before, during, and after the activity. In terms of coaching, I think there are 4 principles that we need to observe: The...

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Becoming an Active Listener

Being an active listener is very important in language learning. If we can encourage our students to become active listeners and provide specific practicesto help them develop active listening, it will help them not only become better at listening, it will also make them more effective language learners.
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A “Sound” Approach to Teaching Listening

This is a guest post from Marisa Ueda ( Here, two fundamental theories of the Ueda Methods (the effective methods of instruction and learning for EFL learners based on two theories, both of language understanding and human information processing,...

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Dictation: When all else fails…

In my first teaching experience, as a Peace Corps teacher in Togo, West Africa, I frequently used one fallback technique in virtually every class. It was particularly effective in large classes –– and I had classes of up to 120 students at a time. If I ever needed...

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What do we do when we watch or listen to something longer than say a couple of minutes: a talk show, an interview, a lecture? If it's interesting, we may feel we're "getting into" the content, engaging with the speaker, absorbing ideas and details, appreciating "the...

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Learning through games

Do you love games? Most of us do – or at least we love some games. Why? Well, it's hard to describe why we love a particular game, but we might just say, "Because it's fun." If you're a language learner or a language teacher, you'll realize that there are a few...

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