Listening Is The Most Successful Of The Four Language Skills

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1. Introduction Listening is probably the least explicit of the four language skills, making it the most difficult one to learn. It is evident that children listen and respond to language before they learn to talk. When it is time for children to learn to read, they still have to listen so that they gain knowledge and information to follow directions. In the classroom, students have to listen carefully and attentively to lectures and class discussions in order to understand and to retain the information for later recall. Teaching listening can be hard for teachers and students both. Students who are fine with speaking at their own pace and reading may have trouble listening to a recording that is a regular-speed conversation. Listening is…show more content…
• Accents. While written English is pretty much the same the world over, there are a myriad of accents in spoken English which can make it even more difficult for the learner to follow a conversation. The written equivalent is having different handwriting plus having the same words spelt differently depending on who is writing them. • Intonation is the way in which a sentence is sounded. Native speakers do not speak in monotone but raise or lower the pitch of an utterance as they speak. The most common example is when they make a simple question. There is no one-stop solution to this problem. However, in the classroom there are a number of strategies a teacher can use to help students listen well. • Once the teacher has an idea about the problems a learner faces, s/he can better find solutions and effective methods of teaching. Thus it is important to explain to the class how the written sentence can differ from the spoken sentence because of the reasons above. When the students know that in certain situations articles, for example, are almost not spoken then they learn to "hear" this in an
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