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10 Types of Post-Listening Activities for the ESL Classroom.

10 Types of Post-Listening Activities for the ESL Classroom.

Post-Listening Activities

What are Post-Listening Activities?

Post-Listening Activities consist of tasks which main aim is to help students reflect on the listening experience. these activities are carried out after teacher have carried out pre-listening and while listening activities successfully.

What are Pre-Listening and While-Listening Activities?

Pre-Listening Activities prepare the students by getting them interested in the topic and after that they move on to the next stage in which students are given a while-listening task which consists of a series of activities that a learner does while listening to a passage in order to show their understanding of what was heard of.

Some of the most common Post-Listening Activities are the following:

1. Check and Summarizing:  One of the activities that a teacher can do to check understanding is to ask student to summarize the information they heard, this can be done orally or in writing.

2. Discussions: You can ask students to have a short discussion about the topic, the topic for the discussion must be taken from the listening task that they previously did and should be interesting enough to inspire comments and debates.

3. Information Exchange: In this activity you ask students to listen to a passage and ask another to listen to a different passage, when they finish, they share they information with each other and make sure that they understand the message the passage was intended to give.

4. Problem Solving: Students listen to a passage with the intention of solving a problems Some problem-solving task types such as solving moral dilemmas and solving mysteries will motivate students to listen carefully to a passage.

5: Deconstructing a Listening Passage: Most books have transcripts at the back of  the books, those transcripts are often unused but you can use them to exploit features such as pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and discourse markers.

6: disappearing Dialogues: Another activity students can do to promote critical thinking skills is erasing parts of the dialogue and then asking students to fill in the blanks with phrases they remember or other phrases that might fit perfectly into the dialogue.

7: Test your Classmates: You can ask students to prepare a set of questions that another student will have to respond, they can prepare a multiple-choice quiz, short answer questions or true and false statements.

8: Writing a short composition: After students have listened to a passage, they can write a short essay based on the information given in the listening passage.

9: Time to Act: After listening to a passage, students can identify a theme and create a skit and perform it in front of their classmates.

10: Synonyms and Antonyms: Another activity that students can do is identifying vocabulary and then find synonyms and antonyms for some words in the transcript.

If you are interested in learning more about how to teach listening, this is one of the most recommended books on the topic.

 

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