Listening provides valuable input as we as teacher model spoken English, provide input and build confidence. As teachers, it is more important to provide regular listening practice than to worry about a so called ‘perfect’ spoken performance.
There are many ways of focusing listening. We may need to pre-teach some vocabulary, and get our students excited about what they will listen to. Listening is a little like reading, in that we may be trying to get the main message or we may to attending to details. However students who try to understand every word may find difficulties. Therefore, it is useful for them and us to know that there are different kinds of listening tasks and skills as you will discover in the section.