Listening activities for online lessons
TaskRead six outlines of listening lessons (1–6). Match them to the learning objectives (A–F). The learning objectives focus on listening sub-skills.Outline of listening lesson
- Jigsaw listening – for homework, half the class watch one talk and the other half watch a different talk but on the same topic. In the next lesson, learners work in pairs in breakout rooms and compare the speakers’ views and justifications.
- A song – a young learner watches a video of people performing a song. The teacher helps the learner to learn the words using pictures and mime, and they sing along.
- A dictogloss – in class, the teacher reads out a short text giving factual information. The learner listens and then takes notes about what they heard. These two steps are repeated. The learner then uses their notes to reconstruct the text, typing it onto the whiteboard. The teacher offers feedback and support to help the learner be more accurate. Finally, the learner compares their text to the original.
- A film clip – in class, learners watch a short clip from a film with no sound. They predict what they think the people were saying and type their ideas into the chat box. They then watch with the sound on to check.
- Which photo? – in class, the teacher displays six photos using the share screen option. The teacher then reads out a sentence to describe one of the photos, saying where something is, e.g. The cat’s sitting on the table. The young learner says which photo the teacher is describing.
Reflect and shareWhat other listening activity might you use in an online lesson? What listening sub-skill will it help learners to develop? Share your ideas in the comments.
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