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ERIC Number: EJ954342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1030-8385
Rethinking Comprehension and Strategy Use in Second Language Listening Instruction
Ling, Bernadette; Kettle, Margaret
TESOL in Context, v21 n1 p5-22 Sep 2011
In second language classrooms, listening is gaining recognition as an active element in the processes of learning and using a second language. Currently, however, much of the teaching of listening prioritises comprehension without sufficient emphasis on the skills and strategies that enhance learners' understanding of spoken language. This paper presents an argument for rethinking the emphasis on comprehension and advocates augmenting current teaching with an explicit focus on strategies. Drawing on the literature, the paper provides three models of strategy instruction for the teaching and development of listening skills. The models include steps for implementation that accord with their respective approaches to explicit instruction. The final section of the paper synthesises key points from the models as a guide for application in the second language classroom. The premise underpinning the paper is that the teaching of strategies can provide learners with active and explicit measures for managing and expanding their listening capacities, both in the learning and "real world" use of a second language. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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