Category Archives: Listening

Australian Broadcasting Corporation free podcasts

I’ve been recommending these Australian radio podcasts to my IELTS students for years, as many of them have problems with the Aussie accents in the listening paper. They are also worth a look for students who find BBC podcasts difficult … Continue reading

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Testing and teaching detailed comprehension

Can’t remember how I got it into my head to write an article about such a huge and complex topic, but hopefully managed a mix of a summary of well-known but frequently ignored advice plus a few of my own less conventional ideas … Continue reading

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The most useless listening exercise in the whole of TEFL?

There’s quite a lot of competition for this prize, but the task I’m talking about is astounding not only for it being almost impossible for students to either learn language or improve their listening skills from it, but also for … Continue reading

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Does reading help speaking more than listening does?

… because that is what I told one of my students in a one to one class the other day. I then wondered where on earth I got that idea from – as I don’t remember ever having consciously coming … Continue reading

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Live Listening quotes and links

“Live listening is where students are listening to people in a face-to-face situation – or whom they can physically see (such as in the theatre, etc). Different from listening to RECORDED EXTRACTS.” (definition from the ELT Wiki live listening page). … Continue reading

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The complete guide to ELT Jargon Part 26

Update: Complete collection now here. Chat bots- Teachers who are reduced to automatic expressions of “interest” by a student who keeps on going on and on Cognitive strategies- Ways of avoiding having to think in class Connectionism- Knowing enough people … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles etc April 2009

No messing, no pointless attempts at humour (for once), just links to more serious stuff I’ve been publishing elsewhere: 15 ways of combining listening and reading 15 fun activities for practising a, an and the The 15 best tips for … Continue reading

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The most overrated things in TEFL Part One

Preteaching vocabulary The case for the prosecution: – I’ve had to train people on a “CELTA equivalent” course to teach three to five pieces of vocabulary, but if they ever asked why it couldn’t be two or zero I had … Continue reading

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Listenings – why bother?

A guest piece by Andy Mallory “‘Doing a listening’ is a bit of TEFLese that has all but dropped out of my vocabulary of late. It’s still a staple of coursebooks, usually accompanied by a little cassette symbol (maybe a … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles Feb 09

Feel like I should actually write something on my own blog between all these guest pieces, but am still trying to put stuff back where it was after my mother in law rearranged the flat. Instead, here is the usual … Continue reading

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