Course curriculum

  • 1

    Important information and course introduction

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Core principles and beliefs

    • What do you currently believe about teaching listening? (10 minutes)

    • Activating schema . . . and an experiment (20 minutes)

    • Top-down versus bottom-up processing . . . and some core principles (30 minutes)

    • A task – and some points for discussion (20 minutes)

  • 3

    Lesson 2: understanding the stream of speech

    • Accents . . . and embracing plurality (20 minutes)

    • Features of connected speech quiz (15 minutes)

    • Features of connected speech . . . and a complication! (30 minutes)

    • The greenhouse, the garden and the jungle: from saying to hearing (10 minutes)

    • A task – and some points for discussion (20 minutes)

  • 4

    Lesson 3: pre-listening tasks

    • Right structure, wrong focus (20 minutes)

    • Deciding what language to focus on in the pre-listening stages (15 minutes)

    • Planning your pre-cycling (10 minutes)

    • Pre-cycling . . . and feeding forwards (20 minutes)

    • A task . . . and some points for discussion (30 minutes)

  • 5

    Lesson 4: listening tasks and how best to deal with them

  • 6

    Lesson 5: diving into the stream of speech . . . and much more

    • Gapping audioscripts: why, how and what to do with them (35 minutes)

    • Other tasks that focus on the stream of speech (25 minutes)

    • A task . . . and some points for discussion (30 minutes)

  • 7

    Lesson 6: helping students listen . . . beyond the listening lesson

    • A quick survey of attitudes towards pronunciation (5 minutes)

    • There's more to pronunciation than ship and sheep! (10 minutes)

    • Integrating a more listener-centred approach to pronunciation into your lessons (20 minutes)

    • Grammar and beyond (25 minutes)

    • The last few odds and ends . . . and some further reading (10 minutes)

    • A task . . . and some points for discussion (20 minutes)

  • Free webinar

    Every month we run webinars on teacher development and aspects of language and culture. With this course, you can choose one to participate in for free. See what we have to offer at www.lexicallab.com/webinars/

  • Interaction with tutors and other teachers

    All our self-study courses have a discussion board monitored by Lexical Lab tutors, but you will also get the chance to talk directly with tutors and participants through our closed Facebook group and the three live meet-ups we run each year. A great chance to ask questions and share post-course experiences.

  • Exclusive offers

    For anyone who completes a course with us you will get a certificate of success as well as access to exclusive offers on future courses, webinars and products from Lexical Lab.

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