Why was the listening difficult?

When my students ‘huff and puff’ after a listening exercise and I try to find out why it was difficult, my learners usually find it very hard to explain why.

How could I get useful feedback to help improve problems with listening?

I decided that by encouraging them to reflect on what they had listened to, we could gain some useful insights into what areas were difficult for them. This was the main idea behind designing my ‘Post listening reflection‘. (You can download it by clicking on the link).

By using this regularly after listening exercises, I hope to build a better picture of what aspects of listening to focus on to help my learners become better listeners.

Why not give it a try yourself?

In the next couple of days I intend to post some ideas of activities we can do to help improve the weak areas.


7 thoughts on “Why was the listening difficult?

  1. Hi Mat
    Welcome to life as a blogger! And thanks for this great idea on getting students to reflect on WHERE their difficulties lie. I would love to adapt your hand-out to grammar explanations and assignments for my Danish high school class. And would like to blog about this concept and your blog as well. Would that be ok with you?

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