Oral Comprehension English

In this section you will find strategies which teachers often choose in order to help students improve their oral comprehension.
You will also find websites and various resources used by language teachers on a daily basis.

Oral comprehension

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English

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B2

Oral comprehension / Activities

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3 types of CO

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Global comprehension + detailed comprehension.

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Comprehension is cut if the audio is long (+3mn) or medium (from 1:30 to 2:30)

 

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Progressive oral comprehension (partial listening, then back to the beginning etc… checking answers as a group).

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Types of documents available for working

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Songs.

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Extracts from films or serials.

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Extracts from news or radio/TV broadcasts.

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Commercials.

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Extracts from audio-books.

 

 

 

Types of activities

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MCQ with similar answers for phonetic distinctive feature training

 

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General quiestions.

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True/False.

 

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Filling the gaps.

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Detecting and correcting incoherent information.

 

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Restoring order to fragments.

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Reporting from visual/written elements with listening parts.

 

 

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Note taking during listening (main and secondary ideas).

 

 

 

Games

 

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Quizzes.

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Riddles.

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Preparation for listening

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Contextualization of the topic.

 

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Revision/enlargement of the lexical field, – discovery of « language chunks », of expressions/suprasegments.

 

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Marking on the document what they will hear.

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Analysis of visual elements when they appear/when possible.

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Video projection without sound.

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Work based on songs

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Contextualization of the interpreter.

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With clips whose images are related to the lyrics.

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Listening and understanding.

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Verificación sistemática.

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Work without an external sound file

 

 

 

Interview/conversation back to back.

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Advice

Phonetic exercises contributing to the improvement of the CO.

Systematically provide a minimum of 2 listenings.

Favor working with short audios.

Be receptive to audio proposals made by students.

Encourage students to listen to the songs in the particular language as much as possible and to surf self- learning websites adapted to their level.

 

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Institutional website

 

http://www.rfi.fr/

BBC learning English 6 minute English podcasts

www.franceinfos.fr

This web site is for people studying for an English language exam.

http://www.bonjourdefrance.com 

This web site is for people studying for an English language exam.

http://apprendre.tv5monde.com

esl listening web site which aims to help learners improve their listening comprehension skills with self-grading exercises.

http://dictee.tv5monde.com 

Videos and exercises for helping learners improve their listening comprehension skills.

http://fle.u-strasbg.fr/video/apero/index.html

Great talks to improve your English listening and vocabulary skills, while learning about interesting topics. From basic to advanced level

Youth and education initiative to celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world whose main aim is to support learning and provide an international platform for teachers to create their own ted lessons.

https://auberge.univ-lille3.fr/

English listening lessons, exercises and quizzes.

ELT lessons plans designed around short films.

Recommended sites and blogs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP1kD9ZYM54

Listening lesson section on the 5mintueenglish.com website.

Graded dictations. Perfect if you want to improve your listening and pronunciation.

http://www.podcastfrancaisfacile.com/apprendre-le-francais/french-communication-dialogue-daily-life-listen-to-mp3.htm 

Online English listening practice and advice for English learners.

http://nathaliefle.com/5-sites-utiles-pour-ameliorer-sa-comprehension-orale/

An archive of podcasts and animated shorts  of stories for all ages and levels. “Listening with love” is their motto…

http://platea.pntic.mec.es/cvera/ressources/recurfr39.htm#c1

Great website with loads of short audios recorded in  a variety of accents by people  and sorted out by topics and levels.

http://platea.pntic.mec.es/cvera/hotpot/exos/

A good link to find listening material for different levels.

ttp://platea.pntic.mec.es/cvera/hotpot/chansons/

For exam practice (all levels).

Esl Pod: podcasts web, aimed to pronunciation improvement which includes adapted didactic activities for different levels.

http://insuf-fle.hautetfort.com/comprehension-orale/  

Movies and TV series in English, many of them subtitled in English.

http://www.leplaisirdapprendre.com/portfolio/selection-activites-comprehension-orale-a1-a2-b1-b2/

Popcorn time: allows students to watch films and TV series for free, being able to get them subtitled. Installation is required.

Ororotv: similar to the previous one, enables students to watch films and TV series and includes, apart from subtitling, some other tools as one to reduce the speed of the speech.

http://lewebpedagogique.com/ressources-fle/comprehension-orale/

British Council: its transcribed videos are a great way to improve listening comprehension skillS (British accent).

Some useful blogs divided into levels.

http://gabfle.blogspot.com.es/

Different levels listening practice with post-listening discussion questions included.

http://www.ciel.fr/apprendre-francais/exercices-francais.htm

Daily conversations recordings with scripts included.

http://www.flevideo.com/index.php

Videos on everyday speaking topics and role play activities included to reproduce modelled structures and vocabulary.

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