Sunday 2:15 - 3:05 PM
'Relevant' Communicative Listening in the High School Classroom
Louie L. Dragut
Taejon Jungang High School
With large classes of over fifty students composed of multilevel learners
in an environment where parents demand that teachers focus on preparing
students for the university entrance exam, how can English language conversation
teachers motivate and assist students to develop their communicative skills?
The presenter will focus on how to motivate learners to engage in communicative
listening tasks by providing interesting, comprehensible, relevant and
engaging learning material. Recognizing that only reading and listening
are perceived by students as the only 'important' skills needed to pass
the university entrance exam, conversation teachers can take advantage
of such perceptions to prepare highly motivating lessons. To ensure continuous
motivation however, the students' perception of the relevance of the learning
material is crucial. This presentation will further explore such issues
and conclude by introducing various listening techniques and materials
that the busy language teacher can quickly adapt and effectively use.
Louie L. Dragut holds a Master of Education (TESOL) degree
from Deakin University, Australia. He has teaching English in
Korea and Australia for over four years and is presently working
for Taejon Jungang High School as a TOEFL instructor. He is currently
interested in teaching English in large classes and using technology
in the Language classroom.