WHO IS THIS VIDEO FOR?
This is video is meant for language teachers or language learners. English learners will need to be upper intermediate in order to follow comfortably.
WHAT IS IN THE VIDEO?
This is the third video in a series on how to balance a language learning course so that you (or your students) benefit from learning opportunities in the Four Strands: Meaning Focused Input, Meaning Focused Output, Language Focused Learning, and Fluency Development.
This video is about an activity to use with listening in the Meaning Focused Input Strand. Read and Listen involves using the skill of reading to support listening. The video will also be about extensive listening. After watching you should be able to answer these questions:
What is read and listen? Should students do this at home or in the class? What vocabulary coverage should students have for this activity? How much of a language course should be spent on this activity (or with listening in the Meaning Focused Strand).
WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY?
If you’ve been following this series, then you know that we primarily learn languages by understanding the messages we receive and communicating messages to others. Using listening for Meaning Focused Input is an important piece of that whole puzzle. We will conclude the Meaning Focused Input Strand here.
WHY CONTINUE LEARNING ABOUT THE FOUR STRANDS?
As I said before, there will be 5 hours of these videos. So, catch up now while it’s early. If you are involved with language teaching or language learning you should really know this stuff. I’m not the source of all knowledge here, I’m just talking about what’s been written before. See this previous post that has references for all that I’m talking about that’s based on Paul Nation’s work with the Four Strands: “What every language learner and teacher should know: the Four Strands.”