Listening
The 'Speaking' Ear
- Becoming an Active Listener
Tue. 2nd. Period Simon M. Bedelo
Keywords:
Grammar, Listening, Presentation, Speaking, Vocabulary

This course aims at helping students develop active listening skills. The course uses a step-by-step method that allows the learner to evaluate their individual progress. In addition to listening activities, students will also practice simple speechmaking techniques. 


By the end of the term, students will have acquired the communication tools that build on listening skills. The course also helps in improving the ability to interact in English with confidence and ease. 


Active participation in group/pair activities: 15%
Three quick quizzes : 15%
Two speech practices: 20%
Two listening mini tests : 30%
Overall final test: 20%


1

Reviewing the basics of active listening skills

Students learn and practice the art of asking and answering questions.  Homework: Students start preparing for self-introductory speech to take place in week 3.

2

Getting Along

Students simulate conversations related to a first day at school using pre-recorded materials.

3

Speaking and Listening Practice Session 

Students make brief introductory speeches followed by Q&A that mirrors the skills learned in week 1.

4

Listening with visuals: Views of Japan

Students practice the skills of listening through recorded images.

5

TOIEC Listening Skills Practice

Students practice the skills of prediction using photos, the skimming of a text and the meaning of factual questions.

6

Hard Work

Using pre-recorded materials, students simulate conversations related to part time jobs.

7

Mini-Test Challenge Session

Students check their individual progress through a series of mini-tests to be followed by a review of points which they had difficulty with.

8

The Art of Preparing a Standard Speech

Students learn how to prepare and deliver a standard speech. Homework: Students start preparing for a standard speech for week 10.

9

Listening with visuals: Marriage

Students practice the skills of listening through recorded images.

10

Speaking and Listening Practice Session

Students make standard speeches on topics previously discussed. Speeches are followed by Q&A that mirrors the skills learned in week 1.

11

TOIEC Listening Skills Practice

Students learn how to distinguish words as well as the various ways of answering ‘what’ and ‘direct’ questions.

12

Fashion and Clothes Trend

Students simulate conversations related to fashion using pre-recorded materials.

13

Mini-Test Challenge Session

Students check their individual progress through a series of mini-tests to be followed by a review of points which they had difficulty with.

14

Final Overall Review Test and Individual Feedback

15

Evaluation and Open Discussion

Students discuss what they have learned and how the class has helped them in improving their language needs. 


The class is rigorous but fun. (S) is given to those students who: 1) have attended all the classes; and 2) achieved 95 percent of overall points.