|Are teachers still using CDs for their listening lessons?|
So yesterday, we looked at the use of coursebooks. Therefore, it seems natural to focus today on using coursebook CDs. All coursebooks published these days either have CDs or MP3 files which can be used for listening tasks during a lesson. We shall look at five tips and tricks to spice up listening-based lessons.
- Close Your Eyes: Following the usual listening lesson can get a bit stale, so you could get students to close their eyes when listening to a CD. Get them to think about where the conversation is taking place, who the people are, how many people there, etc. This will get learners to think more about the context of the listening.
- Student Created Questions: During a listening activity, why use the coursebook worksheet? You could learners, placed into groups, to create their own questions for a listening task. They could listen to the CD a number of times, perhaps have access to the tapescript, while they create the questions. Once questions have been created, swap them with the other group(s) and then get them to fill in with answers.
- Missing Questions: A variety of the student questions above could be where you provide the learners with answers from a worksheet and they have to think about what the questions might be. Place learners into small groups and then get them thinking about how best to write questions. A great focus on question forms as a grammar point!
- Record The Students: Some of the listening books that we have in our school are wonderful but the disadvantage is that the older variety of books no longer have CDs with them, let alone tapes! So one ingenious activity is to photocopy the tapescript for learners and then they have to record themselves speaking. It could then be recycled at a future date for new students when you decide to use this listening activity again.
- Complete The Conversation: If you have a tapescript, you could type it up and leave the final half of each utterance missing. So you will have the following script below and students have to work together to complete the conversation halves of each speaker. You could finally get students to create questions based upon the student-created script below.
- Maria: Hi Steve, how's it going? I thought I ..........
- Steve: Hi Maria. Yeah not too bad. I was at .........
- Maria: How interesting? Well you know what they say, ".......
Well, there we have it! Five fantastic tips and tricks for using the coursebook CD in class for next time. Why stop there? Tell us some of your ideas for using the coursebook CD in class! Until tomorrow!