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Dating in America is the subject of a focused listening exercised that could be used with language learners as well as native English speakers. The richly detailed packet includes a writing assignment, supplemental exercises, vocabulary and contractions lists, discussion questions, and worksheets. Everything you need for an engaging class period.
Preparing your class for the Italian advanced placement exam? This article breaks down the different components of the test, paying particular attention to the listening portion. How are you going to build your class's listening comprehension before the exam? Teach your Italian speakers some of these strategies and give them several opportunities to practice.
This resource, although based on out-dated content, could be useful in your language arts or ESL classroom as it outlines a listening and reading comprehension strategy. Using nonfiction sources, such as newspaper articles, struggling readers practice identifying the verbs in a text as a way of anchoring their understanding of what is being said and thereby improving their comprehension skills. Easily adaptable to any material you would like your class to read.
Allo? Qui est-ce? Hone the listening skills of your Francophiles by simulating telephone conversations. After reviewing basic french telephone expressions (some are included here), they conduct two conversations per day for one week. A rubric is included for learners to assess themselves.
It's true: listening skills have to be taught and developed. Read this story about a tiger to your high school class. Then, without giving them a copy of the story, divide them into teams and have them attempt to answer a series of questions. Can they answer all of them correctly? Read the story a second time and have them complete any missing questions.
As as summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Use this podcast lesson to familiarize scholars with the characteristics, history, and cultural implications of idioms. As part of the Walking Classroom curriculum, kids listen to a 12-minute podcast as they walk around campus. If you don't have the mobile resources, this can still be useful for the classroom: have kids do exercises as they listen so the rest of the lesson is relevant. Discuss the main ideas of the podcast, then give kids a listening comprehension quiz (included) to test their recall and inference skills. The podcast can be found online.
Students, after listening to Janelle Cannon's picture book Stellaluna, explore a variety of living things through three distinct activities. They make a list of what they know and want to know about birds and bats. Orally and in writing state facts about birds and bats and create a Venn Diagram in groups to decide where facts about birds/bats belong.
Improve communication skills by completing listening and speaking activities. Twelfth graders work in groups to create a speech about themselves. Students use a rubric as their guide for the speech and create quiz questions about their speeches for the class to take after their presentations.
As scholars begin reading more difficult text, they need to acquire an arsenal of comprehension strategies. Here are few helpful ones to guide new readers through the informational text About Trees, which is linked here for printing. This text is an excellent resource to investigate text features, and you conduct a think-aloud as you read through particularly confusing parts. It's important here to explain your thinking; what don't you understand? What are your techniques? They focus on context clues and rereading as "fix-up strategies" and record the various times they apply these techniques on a graphic organizer.
Students compare and contrast Christmas with a variety of other holidays. They listen to the books "The Light of Christmas" and "Christmas," and generate a list about Christmas using Kidspiration computer software. Students discuss Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, and create a Christmas light craft.