Listening & Reporting Skills

Do the following:

  1. Choose a TED video about psychology or childhood (it must be simple, interesting, and under 10mins)
  2. With your group, watch it and learn from it
  3. Prepare a 4 minute summary presentation to the class
  4. Presentations start at 12.30pm
  5. Start with intro (max 15sec), vocabulary explanation (max 5 words), summarise the video, have a 1min Q&A time
  6. When listening to other groups presentations, listen, make vocabulary notes, ask one question about the video

Update about Andrew

Just a brief update. Andrew is now working in Melbourne Australia. He is currently the Education Manager for the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Department of the Lonsdale Institute. He oversees the ELICOS department for both the Melbourne and Sydney campuses. This involves new teacher development, curriculum development, student welfare, and more.

He retains his interest in psycholinguistics and teaching listening, and applying technology to assist in language learning. He is now more engaged in professional development for teachers and teacher instruction.

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

WordEngine maintenance

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During speaking tests

Don’t waste time. January can be a crazy-busy time for you. Be organised, and use your time wisely. Use only English; otherwise we will do grammar worksheets instead of this below. While you are waiting to do your speaking test, or after your speaking test, do any of the following:

  • Practice for your speaking test / help someone else practice for their test
  • Review vocabulary (& word pronunciation) for the speaking test & final exam; OC: units 18 – 24 of Orbits, CS (Hum) units 7-13 Orbits Lower Intermediate.
  • Review conversation strategies for the speaking test & final exam
  • Review pronunciation for the speaking test & final exam
  • Work on preparing a dialogue for topics in the final exam, which will be on one topic from units 18 to 24 in Orbits.
  • Do extensive reading
  • Do Word Engine
  • Work on reports or other study for another class

Use only English; otherwise we will do grammar worksheets

Literacy class task 12 referencing

you need to provide examples of the learning you have done, which means you also need to provide references. This is an example of how to do it:

Task 12

I learnt a lot of new vocabulary. For instance, in task 5 I used ‘elephant’ for the first time in “There are many elephants in Africa and India” (Mizuno, 2018a). Regarding grammar, I learnt about adjective order, which I recently used in task 10. For instance, “The new American iPhones are very nice” (Mizuno, 2018b)


Mizuno, Y. (2018a) Task 5: The things in Africa.

Mizuno, Y. (2018b) Task 10: Japanese vs. American technologies.

JALT Conference Teaching Listening presentation

Teaching Listening Using Bottom-Up Approaches

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

Thanks for your interest in this topic and for coming to my presentation. Here are some resources:

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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 1-24 of Orbits. The speaking test will cover units 18-24, please review those articles.
  • Speaking test with your assigned partner, choose one topic from units 18-24 in Orbits, do the research task, and discuss this in the speaking test. You both must have the same topic, but can have different research articles to share. Keep your conversation authentic, do not write and rehearse a script. Scripted speaking tests usually look bad, and get marked down a lot. An authentic conversation always looks better.
  • 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.
  • In our final class we will practice vocabulary. Please study vocabulary for this class.
  • Work hard, study, relax, do self-care, enjoy life.

Communication Skills (Humanities)

  • Review Orbits unit 1-13 mini dialogues, pronunciation, dialogues & Conversation Strategies; Into Literacy.
  • 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); Health & Nutrition (p108-9); 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.


  • 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.
  • Tasks 11 & 12: Final Learning Report (see p5 of course information handout), due 21st Jan 2019
  • Word Engine, at least 300 correct responses a week
  • Extensive reading reports are due on the 21st Jan (at least 3,500 words a week), and keep weekly reports.
  • Enjoy life

Communication Skills (Economics)

  • Review Active units 5 & 6 pronunciation, dialogue vocabulary, grammar.
  • Speaking test could include the following: Cover to Cover unit 6 Ageing p76-78, unit 7 p86-7 Survival After Eight Days at Sea, An Amazing Athlete, unit 11, p146-7, or your extensive reading.
  • Attend World Plaza, and practice small talk and conversation skills.
  • Have fun

Scheduled site maintenance 21st Nov

Maintenance on our servers is scheduled for 21st Nov, from 9am to about 3pm Swiss time (about 5pm to 11pm Tokyo time). All websites will be offline for this time. The return to normal service will depend on how well work can be done, and if they can put us back online sooner, they will. We apologise for the interruption, but assure you it means that service we provide will have ensured reliability and longevity.

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