JALT Conference Teaching Listening presentation

Teaching Listening Using Bottom-Up Approaches

Andrew Blyth    Room 901, 11 to 11.25am, Saturday 24th Nov

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There have been few options for teachers to really teach listening. There has been no credible evidence in support of listening strategies, and extensive listening is not enough. Recent research from cognitive science and pedagogy indicates that teaching listening with bottom-up approaches is effective, and is easy to do. This workshop will introduce some simple activities you can use on Monday morning to get your students listening better using proven methodology.

Into Literacy My Week in Palau Day 2

This topic may be used in the speaking test in January. Here are some questions you could use:

  • Discuss how you would write a conclusion for this blog post
  • What happened on Day 1
  • What might happen on Day 3?
  • What would you like to don in Palau?
  • What interesting new things did you learn from this article?
  • What problems did the blogger mention about his underwater photography?
  • What kind of people did the blogger meet?
  • What things would you like to do on a Pacific Island holiday? Who would you like to go with?
  • Would a holiday with your family be different to a holiday with friends? How so?
  • What five places would you like to travel to?
  • What five holiday / leisure activities would you like to try?

Quarter 4 homework

Oral Communication

  • Review pronunciation, dialogue vocabulary, article vocabulary, conversation strategies for units 1-23 of Orbits.
  • OC FB: Prepare unit 23 vocabulary, conversation strategies, and article in Orbits.
  • OC B & P: Prepare unit 22 vocabulary, conversation strategies, and article in Orbits. WARNING: The unit 22 article may be distressing to some people.
  • NB.: Conversation strategies in units 23 & 24 will help you a lot in the speaking test.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice using the vocabulary and conversation strategies
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Final speaking test and exam will focus on content from units 18 to 24 from Orbits.
  • Following from the “Anglophone” question, here are some videos that explain the origin of English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEaSxhcns7Y, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8tEPXI25A, and Why English is spelt like that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhqr-GNNgGo, and some Aus, UK, and US vocabulary today, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OEehlggPp0, (BTW, what Americans call a ‘biscuit’, British and Australians call a ‘scone’, and an ‘off-licence’ is different to a pub that requires a licence to sell alcohol).
  • Enjoy life, check Class Party info.

Communication Skills (Humanities)

  • Monday 17th Dec: Orbits unit 11 Culture Note & Conversation Strategies; Into Literacy, p107 Worker Rights (check vocabulary p99-100).
  • Preview and review pronunciation, mini dialogues, dialogue vocabulary, conversation strategies for units 1-11 of Orbits.
  • Possible speaking test topics: Into Literacy My Week in Palau Day 2 (p61-3); ‘Staying in an AirBnB or a Hotel’ (p38-9); Worker Rights (p107); Orbits story thoughts, feelings, and opinions; or an Extensive Reading book.
  • Extensive Reading, at least 4,000 words a week, and write a report for Thursdays.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice using the vocabulary and conversation strategies
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Have fun. Check Class Party info.


  • Review all writing skills studied this year.
  • Review vocabulary (p33) and article (p38-9) for ‘Staying in an AirBnB or a Hotel’, and business press Release structure and language in Into Literacy.
  • Task 10: Choose one of the following business related tasks.
    • Write a compare and contrast of two similar companies or products (eg: Tullys & Starbucks; Apple Macbook Air & Microsoft Surface; etc), but keep it simple. Which is better and why.
    • Write a press release for a new product. Think of a new product (can be something that already exists, but a little different) and write a promotion for it.
    • Consider that the compare and contrast requires better research and good structure to score good points. The grammar and language of the press release is more difficult, so this requires more editing, excellent adjective and verb choices, and grammatical accuracy to score good points.
    • References of course must be in English
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Extensive reading (at least 3,500 words a week), and keep weekly reports.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Economics)

  • Review unit 5 pronunciation, dialogue vocabulary, grammar in the Active textbook.
  • Review article and vocabulary in unit 6 Ageing p76-78, unit 7 p86-7 Survival After Eight Days at Sea in Cover to Cover.
  • Preview An Amazing Athlete, unit 11, p146-7 Cover to Cover.
  • Friday 14th Dec: Review Active unit 6, Bargain Shopper, p56-7, do shopping game on p58.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice small talk and conversation skills.
  • Have fun

Scheduled site maintenance 21st Nov

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Literacy Class 29th Oct

Double check this again later, as I am likely to update this with something I’ve forgotten.

On Monday the 29th Oct, you will need to submit the following in three separate piles:

  1. Task 8 corrections (if not already submitted)
  2. Task 9 (with checklist correctly completed, copies of references, topic research sheet). Do not finish this at 2am Monday morning, and then sleep and miss your first classes. Complete this before Sunday lunch at least.
  3. Extensive Reading reports (make sure you have a photo of each page in case you lose them)

On Monday we will do the typing test.

Sick days on 22nd and 23rd Oct

To all my students,

Sorry we missed our classes. From Monday morning I suffered very bad stomach flu. Which meant I experienced severe nausea, light headedness, almost passing out, extreme fatigue, sore muscles all over, and now dehydration and head and neck aches. I’ve of course seen a doctor, and still recovering at home. I don’t know if I can be back on Thursday, but I hope I can. If I can come back, I won’t be 100% my normal self, so I’ll need your help to get the class working well.

Oral Communication classes: We’ll start with presentation preparation for one topic of your choice between units 13 and 18 (yes, including Empiricism & Romanticism). Bring your laptop, and tether to the internet through your phone if you need internet access.

Communication Skills Humanities: We’ll start Extensive Reading poster presentation preparation. I lost my coloured markers, so please bring your own and other craft supplies. I will bring A2 sized poster paper.

Literacy: I’m really, really sorry, please don’t cry, but the touch-typing speed test will be delayed to the next Monday class. Please collect your marked writing from the office at R32, and revise it ready for the time we meet. Continue re-Reading and taking notes of interesting language and symbolism in Love Story.

Communication Skills Economics: I’m not sure what we will do yet. Keep doing extensive Reading, and prepare vocabulary from Cover to Cover unit 6, 72-3.