Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development

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EFS 693B
Week 9 Notes


I. Opening: Understanding accents: and Understanding accents is largely a matter of processing--focus on the accent of an individual or group over a period of several days, trying to understand as much as possible. Use a combination of linking to transcript or subtitle, dictation, and slowed speed to improve accuracy.

II. Small group discussion: prep for your final report. Additional questions to consider:

    1. What specific strategies and techniques (parts of procedures) have you found most useful this quarter? What types of online materials have you personally found most useful?

    2. Has your use of online sources for learning English changed as a result of this course? How?

    3. What will you do to continue improving listening and vocabulary after next week?

Note that this discussion should help you decide what to present for your final presentation next week.

III. Linking listening, speaking, and language learning: The output hypothesis and private speech

  1. Recording summaries and comments (helps you concentrate, helps you discover what you can and can't say easily, helps you identify vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation problems)

  2. Practice--listen to an audio clip and summarize it.

IV. Finding accents on TED: use the search function with the language or country you want




Some tips for adapting to accents

    1) Listen till you hear something you don't understand. Rewind, turn on the captions, and make the connection. Try to isolate what made it difficult.

    2) Listen straight through while reading the captions or transcript, but focus on the sound.

    3) Notice the rhythm and intonation. Try to speak along with it. Notice also how words are connected to each other.

    4) Become aware of patterns in sound substitution.

V. Looking ahead: final picture ID test and presentations next week


Homework: Note--this is your last assignment: do the best you can.

1) This is your final independent project, for the usual for three hours total (not three hours for each week), divided in whatever way you think would be best. Be sure to answer all the additional questions on it. It's due as usual on the following Tuesday or Wednesday at 8:00pm.

2) Go to Go through FlashACE Advanced Lessons 4-5 before the final class. Try to understand the sentence as thoroughly as possible before selecting your answer--remember that this is processing practice, not a quiz. Try some dictation afterward if you have time.

3) Prepare a 3-minute presentation in which you introduce your classmates to 1) your favorite materials and 2) your favorite procedure, providing an explanation in both cases of how it has helped you in listening and/or vocabulary. You can use either PowerPoint or just a Word document. I recommend bringing your own laptop to present. Otherwise, please send me whatever you need for presenting before class.

Last modified November 30, 2016 by Phil Hubbard