This forum is to discuss the activities provided in the chapter on listening by Stanley. Take a look at all the activities proposed.
1) what do you think of them?
2) which one would you use in your classes? why?
3) how would you improve it for better results?
Take a look at contributions by other students:
It is an undeniable truth that there are a lot more facilities, options, and opportunities for leaners to practice the listening skill with the advent of the internet, therefore, as Stanley (2013) states, it started to get more interesting as well.
Other´s people interest (5.2) is an activity that I found very interesting. First, due to the fact there is an intercultural approach. Liddicoat and Scarino (2013) seem cautious of the danger of generalizations when it comes to the stereotyped idea of national culture, such as Brazilian, Canadian, and so on. On the other hand, I believe that it is important to show leaners some people from different countries talking about their interests, but also it´s the teachers´ role to talk (at least briefly) about generalizations and stereotypes, for instance. The idea of listening to non-native speakers is also very important, since every now and then we interact more with them than with native speakers, even in English-speaking countries.
Search the tube (5.3) and reordered video story (5.4) are activities that I really liked as well. There are several options of videos for educational purposes available online. According to Tumolo (2017), as an educational aid, the videos will support teachers in their classes, since the learner may access the information presented whenever he/she wants and following his/her pace of learning. Still, when it comes to multimedia learning, Mayer (2001) states that learners can better understand an explanation when it is presented in words and pictures than when it is presented in words alone.
Recording poetry (5.7) seems to be an appealing activity for learners. Online classroom guest (5.8) is also a very nice activity, mainly because I think learners will love that, since they are meeting a different person and will be able to ask questions regarding the culture/background, etc. I also found very interesting “Recorded stories (5.9)”, it fosters leaners´ creativity as well as offers them the chance to listen to themselves.
Overall, this chapter provides great activities!
I really like the activities 5.1 and 5.2, suggested by Stanley (2013). I’ve already done activity 5.8 and I recommend. A friend who is a native English speaker spoke to my students through Skype and it was remarkable to them. She also records voice messages which are related to what my students are learning and sends me by WhatsApp and we play them in class. It's very nice.