Skills: listening 3. Visualising

Skills: listening 3. Visualising

One way of helping students to improve in their listening skills, is to introduce them to visualizing what it is they are hearing. Although not everybody gains from this technique (we are all different in our abilities), at the TEFL Centre we find a significant number of learners benefit from the following suggestions:

  1. When listening to a recorded extract, convert the information you are hearing into a visual representation in your mind.
  2. Listening with eyes closed helps to start with, then as you get better at it, you can do it while looking a task questions.
  3. As you listen, add new information you hear to the picture to make a ‘story board’.
The effect is to allow the listener to improve their overall grasp of the content and improve their memory of the content of the listening. This can be useful in exam task situations where candidates are trying to listen for attitude or answer a question that refers to the recording as a whole.

Most exam listenings are played twice, so if the candidate listens while visualising and manages to retain the information better, then they are better placed the second time they listen because they will be more acquainted with what is being said. It will also help them to focus on specific points because they will be more aware of when the relevant parts are coming up.


Tags: TEFL course malaga, TEFL training, listening skills, visualising
Posted on September 6th, 2017


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