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PostSubject: Classroom language when doing listenings   15th September 2015, 1:05 pm

Useful classroom language for the teacher to use at different stages of doing a listening in class. Hope this's useful! Very Happy

Getting the equipment set up
"Does anyone know where I can plug this in?"/ "Where is the socket in this room?"/ "Can someone plug this in for me?"/ "Whose turn is it to get the cassette recorder set up this week?"
"Where's the on switch, I wonder?"
"Does anyone know what this flashing light means?"

Lead in
"What do you think the two people in the photo are saying to each other?... We are going to listen to the real conversation. The first time you listen, just check if they say anything that we predicted"
"Match the questions and answers in your book, and then we'll listen and check."
"Which statements (about the Coliseum) do you think are true? Let's listen to a university lecture on Italian history and check our answers"

Explaining the task before you start
"Don't write anything the first time you listen"
"You don't need to write full sentences, just take notes"
"Put the sentences/ paragraphs/ photos in order"
"We'll do the first question together, then I'll play the rest through without stopping"
"I won't stop the tape, but we will hear it two or three times"
"The questions are in the same order as the text"
"It's a real (IELTS/ TOEIC/ etc) exam task, so it will play once/ twice, with a pause (between and) at the end"
"Listen and colour in the clothes with the colour that is says on the tape"
"Listen and draw a line between the person and his or her favourite food"
"You'll need to change some of the words from the listening to make sure they fit in the gaps (grammatically)"

Listening for general understanding tasks
"Listen to the whole text and just answer this one question- does the person speaking like Birmingham or not?"
"Just listen for what kind of conversation they are having, from the list at the top of the page. Is it an argument, negotiation, invitation or job interview?"

Prediction tasks
"What do you think happens next (in the story)?... Let's listen and check"
"What do you think the numbers represent?... Let's listen to what the person on the tape has to say"
"Which graph do you think shows the real unemployment rate in China over the last 50 years?... We are going to listen to an expert discussing each of the graphs. He doesn't think any of them are completely true, but listen for which one he says is most accurate."
"Match the photos/ descriptions/ charts to the different countries, then we will listen and check"

Listening for detailed comprehension tasks
"Listen for the differences between the sentences/ text here and what they say on the CD"

Listening for specific information tasks
"Write the name of the person who says each thing/ has each opinion next to sentences as you listen"

During the first time you listen
"(As I said), we'll go through the first answer together (to check you understand) first. So, listen just for question one...Did anyone get that part? I'll play just that bit one more time. Everyone got it? He says 12 cows, so the number is..? 12, good. So you draw a circle around...? 12 cows. Okay, go ahead. Let's see how you've done. You all seem to have the right idea. So, you understand what you have to do, right? Good. Here we go with the other questions. Remember, I won't stop again, so listen and draw the circles as soon as you understand"

After the first time you hear it
"Do you need to hear it again?"/ "One more time?"
"How was that?"
"(Did you get) anything at all?"
"Let me have a look at (some of) your answers. Not bad, you've got about 50% right."
"I'll play it one more time (but stopping after each answer/ section)"
"I'll play it a little bit slower" [if you have speed control on the computer or cassette player]
"After you compare your answers, I'll play it one more time"

Giving listening tips/ helping them towards the right answer
"He has a British accent, so remember that when he says 'can' and 'can't' the vowel sound will be different"
"If you aren't sure which option is correct, cross out the ones you are sure are wrong and then choose from the ones that are left"
"You should be able to guess this question/ some of the answers without even listening"
"Think about the grammar of the sentence"
"What verbs usually go together with 'story'?... And which one fits in with the topic of the conversation?"
"It's a trick question/ a typical TOEIC question"
"You should be able to judge quite a lot just from his tone of voice"
"Think about what he is referring to"
"It's a phrasal verb, but I think you can guess the meaning from the verb and preposition"
"While you are waiting for the recording to start, try to predict what you will hear"
"Just because you hear a word written in the question doesn't mean it has the same meaning. In fact, it's usually the sign of a trick question"

After the second time you hear it
"(Was that) a bit better/ easier?"
"(Are we) nearly there/ getting there?"
"Do you need to hear it a third time, or was that okay?"
"We'll go through the answers you've got so far, and that should help you understand the whole thing better next time you hear it"
"We are going to do another task anyway, and that might help you answer these questions too"

Checking and correcting their answers
"What did you get for question one?"
"Does everyone agree?"
"Put your hand up if you thought it was A. And B? And C? Most people didn't put their hand up at all, so let's try again! A? ..."
"The right word has exactly/ almost the same pronunciation, but a different spelling/ meaning"
"It did sound like that, but that doesn't make sense in this sentence"
"Let's listen to just that one sentence one more time"
"This time I'll pause it right after the word we are having problems with"
"Let me write that sentence up (with a gap)"
"Look at the tapescript on page 23/ at the back of your books. Check your own answers and ask me if you have any questions"
"The two words are linked together, so the /d/ is the last letter of the previous word"

Feedback on prediction tasks
"I must admit, I thought number two was true as well until I listened to this text before the lesson"
"Did anyone predict all the right answers? (Me neither!)"

Feedback on listening
"I think listening is a bit more difficult than speaking or writing for this class. Would you like to spend more time on it?/ Would you like some ideas on how you can practice listening outside class?"
"That was quite a difficult task/ a real exam task/ the most difficult task we have tried yet/ someone speaking at natural speed/ quite a difficult accent, so I think you did very well (considering)"
"Remember that you don't have to understand every word. If you can answer the questions, you have understood"
"You only need 75% for an A, so don't worry if you can't answer every question."
"Why did you find it difficult? Was it because he was speaking fast/ you didn't know some of the words/ the questions were tricky?"
"Even some native speakers might have problems remembering all the information until the end of the text, but at least everyone passed!"
"Do you think the work we did on linked speech after the last listening helped you understand this one better?"

"Sorry, there doesn't seem to be any sound coming out. I wonder what could be wrong"
"Sorry, I forgot to plug it in"
"Sorry. The tape is totally chewed up/ I can't find the place/ I can't get the equipment to work, I'll have to read from the tapescript instead"
"Let me clean the CD/ restart the computer/ take the cassette out and bang it a few times, and see if that works"
"It seems this CD player doesn't play copies. Is there another one anywhere?/ I'll just run to the teacher's room and get the original"
"Does anyone know how to turn this on?"/ "Are there any computer experts in this class?"
"Did that wake you up? Sorry, I'll turn it down and start again."
"Sorry, it's a bit noisy outside/ next door/ upstairs, isn't it? Let's wait a second and try again/ Can someone go over there and ask them to keep it down just a little?"
"Sorry about the awful music"
"The volume doesn't go any higher. Let's try turning the air conditioning off/ closing the window/ moving closer to the CD player/ bringing the speakers closer to the class"
"Is that better now?" / "Can you hear now?"
"Maybe there's something wrong with this socket. I'll try another one"
"It looks like this could take some time (to sort out). Can you all get your homework out and compare answers in pairs while I have another look at this/ go and get someone else to sort it out?"
"Okay, I give up. Let's just go onto the next part of the lesson, shall we?"
"Got it! As I was saying, you have to listen and..."
"Maybe I've put the tape/ the CD in the wrong way round"
"Well, it was working this morning/ in the last lesson/ in the other classroom..."
"We might have to change classrooms if we can't sort it out"
"Whoops, I had the volume down to zero. Let's try again, shall we?"

Post listening exercises
"With your partner, discuss if you agree with each things that the person on the tape said. If you don't agree, work together to change the sentence and make it true. Let's do one example as a class. Does anyone agree with statement A? I didn't think so! So, how can we make it true? Good idea! Just add 'not'. That's a nice easy one, nothing wrong with that! So, where can we put 'not' in this sentence? ..."

"With the tapescript/ from what you have written down in your books/ from what you remember, have the same (kind of) conversation in pairs"

"Test each other on what you remember about the listening in pairs. The person asking the questions can have their book open, but the person who is answering has to have their books closed. Okay? So, can you two work together? Two, two, two, two. The person on my left. No, not your left, my left- I'm the teacher, so I decide! Ha ha! As I was saying, the person on my left asks the questions. Question, answer, question, answer. So, people on the right, books closed. Maria, you too please. Ready? Ah, I forgot to say. You don't have to start on question one, any question is okay. Maybe pick a difficult one, ha ha ha! Ready now? Okay, questions go!"
"Discuss the different listening tactics we used with your partner and together decide on which one will be most useful in the exam"
"Replace words in the dialogue to make it more interesting/ true for you"
"Write a continuation of the dialogue with your partner and then practice it so you can perform it for the class"

Moving on
"We are going to look at some of that difficult vocabulary in the next part of the lesson/ in the next exercise/ in the next lesson"
"Let's have a look at these sentences from the listening in more detail"
"I'm going to give you a similar listening exercise/ a reading on the same topic/ a pronunciation exercise on linked speech for your homework. Turn to page 73 (in your textbook/ in your workbook)"

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