Teaching listening in English as a foreign language

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
Starting from teachers’ existing knowledge, needs and contextual issues, the course aims to provide them with new research-based knowledge about how listening comprehension in English works and how this can be taught in the classroom. Listening is rarely “taught”, but generally only tested, and it is an area of EFL teaching that is neglected in teacher education and development. This course will give teachers insights into the processes and difficulties involved in EFL listening based on research conducted in secondary school environments. Based on this knowledge, teachers will experiment with evaluating teaching materials and tests, practise innovative techniques for teaching the processes of listening, learn to use open-access technological tools for listening in and outside the classroom and develop their skills in leveraging listening activities to improve comprehension as well as language acquisition.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the key concepts related to listening processes, and the differences between listening for comprehension and for acquisition and between listening as a product and as a process
  • evaluate the effectiveness of existing listening materials critically
  • apply a prognostic and diagnostic approach to listening activities
  • use tech tools to design listening materials
  • design listening activities aimed at developing listening processes and language acquisition

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Secondary school teachers who teach English as a second or foreign language

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 25
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 08.05.2022 - 15.05.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 05.06.2022 - 12.06.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 28.08.2022 - 04.09.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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