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Teaching pathways: How to teach listening

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Learn how to design listening tasks and improve the active and effective listening skills of your students.

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Welcome to 'Teaching pathways: how to teach listening'

In this practical 4-week course, you will develop your understanding of how to teach listening skills effectively in the ELT classroom. You will learn how to evaluate problems associated with teaching listening, explore a range of different tasks that encourage active listening, and learn how to use a range of strategies to help your learners improve their listening. 

How does the course work?

  • Sign up for a free TeachingEnglish account, or log in to your existing account
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  • Join the course and start learning
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Module 1: Understanding listening skills

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

  • identify differences between real-life and in-class listening
  • analyse and meet learners' needs
  • list listening sub-skills and activities that allow learners to practise these sub-skills
  • evaluate problems associated with teaching listening and generate solutions
  • design and plan classroom listening activities.
Module 2 - Engaging with listening - active listening

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

  • identify active listening skills and strategies
  • explore interferences with active listening
  • apply strategies to improve active listening skills
  • evaluate how acquiring active listening skills could be beneficial to teachers.
Module 3 - Engaging with listening - strategies

By the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • list the differences between spoken and written forms of language, and explain how non-verbal communication and intonation can aid listening
  • identify examples of transactional and interactional listening and sub-skills that are practised during listening activities
  • analyse and plan classroom activities that promote strategies to increase effective listening skills.

Start dates and duration

The course begins on 16 November and lasts for four weeks.

Please note: Enrolment is open until 7 December 2021. After this date you will no longer be able to enrol on the course

Cost

Free

Certificates

For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Level of English required

Minimum CEFR B1

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