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On how to improve English listening skills and strategies

By Gregory Gomez,2014-08-14 23:32
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As an important international language, English has gained increasing attention from Chinese. In the traditional ELT, teachers always act as absolute controllers.The importance of listening comprehension is self-evident. According to the survey made by Rivers and Temperly (1978), among the time an individual is engaged in communication, approximately 9% is devoted to writing, 16% to reading, 30% to speaking and 45% to listening [1]. As the society demands good-for-all English talents, listening should be regarded as the most important in English teaching. Both teachers and students know the importance of listening ability in English learning, yet the model of teaching and learning still remain the traditional model: teachers explain or translate new words, then play the tape and ask the students to do the given exercises, finally replay the tape sentence by sentence to check the answer; students are required passively to write down the meaning of new words which most of them are seldom reviewed after class, and listen to the listening materials over again and again, without knowing much about listening skills and strategies. It is hard for them to get real improvement in listening comprehension.
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