Listening: A Vital Skill for Learning

By Evie Tindall and Deanna Nisbet.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Listening is vital to academic success and meaningful relationships; yet it is rarely taught (Coakley & Wolvin, 1997; Linebarger, 2001). Neglect of this most used language mode is the result of a number of conditions, one of which is teachers’ limited knowledge of listening instruction. Although many teachers provide students with frequent opportunities to practice listening skills, few directly and systematically teach the listening process. This paper summarizes findings from an exploratory study addressing classroom listening.
A major outcome of the study was the development of a classroom listening strategy. This comprehensive strategy is detailed within the final section of the paper.

Keywords: Classroom Listening, Classroom Listening Strategy, Teaching Listening, K-12, Elementary

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.121-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 602.885KB).

Dr. Evie Tindall

Associate Professor, School of Education, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Dr. Evie Tindall is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Regent University. In addition to her role as a teacher educator, she serves as a consultant for several local school districts, as well as a number of international organizations. Dr. Tindall’s areas of expertise include literacy, classroom instruction, ESOL methodology, and teacher collaboration. She regularly presents at international conventions and publishes in scholarly journals.

Dr. Deanna Nisbet

Associate Professor, School of Education, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Dr. Deanna Nisbet is an Associate Professor and Director of the TESOL Program in the School of Education at Regent University. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, and she regularly presents at international conferences such as the International Society for Language Studies Conference and the International Reading Association Conference. Her areas of expertise and research include first and second language acquisition, literacy for second language learners, classroom community, and research related to learning strategies and proficiency of Chinese students of English as a second or foreign language. Dr. Nisbet developed and presently oversees the Regent TESOL program, as well as partnerships with school districts in the Hampton Roads, VA area, for the training of current and prospective ESL teachers and tutors.


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