#KELTChat Preview: “What about listening? Why or why not, how to, what is its value?” – Sunday 29th April, 8pm.

This week’s #KELTChat sees a new direction for us – our first participant suggested topic. At the end of out last chat Kristina Eisenhower (@keisenhow) suggested the topic in the title of this post. She was kind enough to outline further what she meant by this. Over to Kristina:

“I suggested listening as the topic for #KELTChat because I think it is often forgotten or cast aside as unimportant.  The Korean context seems to place more emphasis on speaking and writing.  Yet, in my opinion, listening is the most important skill in language learning, especially in the early stages.  Listening is essential not only as a receptive skill, but also provides the departure point for second language acquisition, and is fundamental to the development of spoken language proficiency.  So my questions are:

  • What do you think constitutes a listening curriculum and methodology?
  • How much time or allocation should we give to this macro skill?  How much time or emphasis do we ACTUALLY give it?  WHY?
  • How can we assess it or measure it?
  • What are some effective activities to “teach listening”?”

We will try to structure the chat around Kristina’s questions, so I would encourage you to have a think about them in advance. It would also be really helpful for teachers if we could share links of where to find useful listening examples online.

While this is the first participant suggested topic, we hope that it is the first of many, so if you have an idea for a topic that you want to discuss, or a problem that you think that the #KELTChat community can help you solve, please suggest it at the end of this Sunday’s chat, or write it on the poll that we will start on the Facebook group on the following Monday. We welcome any and every contribution, mostly because it makes our brains hurt to try and think up new topics.

We really hope that you can join us for Sunday’s chat, and would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has contributed to our community so far. We look forward to hearing more from you very soon.

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Alex (@breathyvowel)