FC Listening: Lesson Four

Listening: Lesson Four

Introduction to Aswaat Arabiyya

In this lesson we will look at Aswaat Arabiya (“Arabic Voices”), a website that was developed with the goal of incorporating listening into any Arabic language curriculum. The site offers listening texts that can be used alongside any textbook or teaching approach. Teachers can use Aswaat Arabiya inside the classroom or assign it as homework, and learners can access it at anytime for additional listening practice.

 

 

Overview of the Aswaat Arabiyya website.
Duration: 01:28

 

 

 

The components of the Aswaat Arabiyya interface for listening.
Duration: 02:18

Teaching Listening with Aswaat Arabiyya
Technology can improve our ability to deliver listening materials on the web and allow students exposure and control of the materials they are listening to.

Pre-listening task in Aswaat Arabiyya.
Duration: 01:24

While listening tasks in Aswaat Arabiyya.
Duration: 05:17

 

 

Post-listening task in Aswaat Arabiyya.
Duration: 02:18
For our students to become proficient listeners, they need to be exposed to tremendous listening input and they need training (especially at the lower levels of proficiency) on how to develop effective listening strategies. Be sure to:
• Allocate ample time for listening activities the same way you do for speaking or

grammar practice.

• Engage the students in discussions of the strategies they use and allow them to learn from each other.
• Make listening a “regular” part of homework.
Focusing on listening is one of the best investments you can make as language teacher, as it will help your students develop more confidence in their language ability. Listening is a challenging skill, yet, with constant practice, support, and encouragement, your students will develop both strategies and confidence.

Instructor’s Final Comments

I hope that the lessons and video samples included in this listening module have conveyed to you the importance of listening as a language skill that needs to be emphasized at all levels of instruction. I also hope that you will be able to apply the principles outlined in this module and develop them further through experimentation and discussion with colleagues.
I do realize that finding suitable listening materials and developing activities based on them is not an easy task and requires much time, energy, and creativity. I myself have spent the past eight years working on the Aswaat Arabiyya site and still feel that there is so much work to be done. The reward that I get when I see my students interacting with a text and enjoying the discoveries they make with each listen is what keeps me going. I encourage you to think collectively with your colleagues and program administrators to explore how you can utilize technology to provide your students with more opportunities to make listening an integral part of their overall learning of the language. So let’s keep on listening and learning. Good luck!

In-Class Listening Activity

Select a listening passage (3-4 minutes) in the language you teach or in a language you’ve studied. Use an authentic piece of listening (dialogue, commercial, weather broadcast, news report, etc.).
Design a class listening activity for a regular 50-minute class session. Your plan should indicate the number of times students will listen to the activity and explain (in some detail) any pre-listening, while-listening, intensive listening, and post-listening tasks you want the students to do.
Here are two examples of listening activities the language teachers developed and presented in class.

 

Listening Lesson Plan (Spanish)

Spanish music video lesson.
Duration: 03:37

Listening Lesson Plan (Spanish)

Listening Lesson Plan (English)

 

ESL listening lesson.
Duration: 03:55

 

Conclusion

 

For our students to become proficient listeners, they need to be exposed to tremendous listening input and they need training (especially at the lower levels of proficiency) on how to develop effective listening strategies. Be sure to:

  • Allocate ample time for listening activities the same way you do for speaking or grammar practice.
  • Engage the students in discussions of the strategies they use and allow them to learn from each other.
  • Make listening a “regular” part of homework.

Focusing on listening is one of the best investments you can make as language teacher, as it will help your students develop more confidence in their language ability. Listening is a challenging skill, yet, with constant practice, support, and encouragement, your students will develop both strategies and confidence.

Instructor’s Final Comments

I hope that the lessons and video samples included in this listening module have conveyed to you the importance of listening as a language skill that needs to be emphasized at all levels of instruction. I also hope that you will be able to apply the principles outlined in this module and develop them further through experimentation and discussion with colleagues.

I do realize that finding suitable listening materials and developing activities based on them is not an easy task and requires much time, energy, and creativity. I myself have spent the past eight years working on the Aswaat Arabiyya site and still feel that there is so much work to be done. The reward that I get when I see my students interacting with a text and enjoying the discoveries they make with each listen is what keeps me going. I encourage you to think collectively with your colleagues and program administrators to explore how you can utilize technology to provide your students with more opportunities to make listening an integral part of their overall learning of the language. So let’s keep on listening and learning. Good luck!

 

 

[Module Instructor Mahmoud Al-Batal]. 2010. [Listening]. In Foreign Language Teaching Methods. Carl Blyth, Editor. Texas Language Technology Center, University of Texas at Austin. http://coerll.utexas.edu

The material is provided free of charge for those that wish to study it.

How ever a no obligation  exam is available at the end of this module.