Oral Listening
Listening and Sharing Opinions
Wed. 2nd. Period Tim Hemington
Discussion, Listening, Presentation, Project, Research, Speaking, Vocabulary

Students learn how to use listening techniques in order to improve understanding of spoken English and we concentrate on preparation for “real life situations”. Students learn to how to focus on extracting specific information and details, as well as general meaning. At the end of the course, they will understand more fully what interpretation is and therefore be able to distinguish
and respond to a speaker's attitude, intent and opinion. This course is best suited for students who are comfortable taking instruction and participating in class in English, and who want to become more confident in their ability to communicate and openly share their opinions.

Listening exercises include:

  • Class discussions
  • Presentations
  • Song lyric deconstruction & comprehension
  • Conversations
  • Role-plays
  • Television programs

Students pass the course when they successfully complete all assigned course work. Final grades will be compiled from attendance, classroom participation, completed homework assignments, comprehension tests and presentations. Students are reminded to pay particular attention to university attendance regulations. Class Interaction via Moodle use is a mandatory course requirement and will be assessed in relation to the final grade. Plagiarism is unacceptable.

This course will focus on helping learners to develop and practice strategies for understanding and forming more accurate interpretations of interactions in spoken English commonly encountered in a variety of academic, professional and public situations.

Additional objectives include:

  • Learning to actively prepare for listening exercises
  • Understanding patterns of natural English speech
  • Speaking English for increased comprehension
  • Identifying general meaning and specific details in English speech
  • Developing simultaneous listening and note-taking skills.

Attendance: 10%
Class Participation: 30%
Homework "Moodle" Assignments: 20%
In class Assignments: 20%
Final Assignments: 20%


Orientation / Self Introductions / Reported Information


Spontaneous Presentations: What makes you special?


Developing Listening Techniques for the 21st Century


Group Decision Making Activity: Deserted Island Necessities


Casual vs. Formal Spoken English (Role Plays)


Predicting Content (Activities)


Interpretation / Subjective vs. Objective Interpretations


Descriptions vs. Interpretations (Activity)


Interpreting Intent (Desconstructing Song Lyrics)


Interpreting Attitude (Audio Conversations)


Interpreting Opinion (Class Discussion). Life in Japan: Good & Bad Points


Moral Dilemmas: (Sharing Opinions). Whatʼs the right thing to do?


Presentation Development


Group Presentations: The Intimate Dinner Party


Good practice for real life situations.