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Listening technology

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Listening technology Technical resources are of paramount importance in the teaching and learning processes of the L2. The technological devices which industry produced in the 50s gave way not only to new methodologies (such as audiolingualism) but facilitated the study of foreign languages by means of self-instruction courses. In foreign language teaching and learning, the years between 1950 and 1960 are called the technological revolution. This period of time, when the first audiolingual and audiovisual courses were launched, is characterised by the beginnings of the language laboratory industry and the industrial production of tape recorders. When the first VHS video tape was produced by JVC and Panasonic in 1976, video started to supersede the obsolete language labs which at the end of the XXth century were replaced by multimedia labs. Listening comprehension is probably the most difficult task for almost all learners of English as a foreign language. The most common way of facilitating student listening practice is through the use of audio and video cassettes. We should recall that listening is used far more than any other single language skill in normal daily life. On average, we can expect to listen twice as much as we speak, four times more than we read, and five times more than we write (Rivers 1981). That is one of the reasons why we should provide our students with plenty of opportunities to listen to the target language. The widespread availability of audio cassettes, video cassettes, CD-ROMs, DVDs and Internet downloads of sound and video files (something referred to in the field of ESL/EFL as listening technology) has vastly increased the variety of materials available for listening comprehension activities. It is of paramount importance to develop support material in the best uses of this input both for self-access learning, in particular, and for the training of learners. Helping students to focus on key listening skills and strategies is vital so that “use of the technology” is not falsely equated with instruction. Nowadays, Internet provides lots of digital media files (audio and video), also known as “podcasts”, that are distributed using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players (MP3) and personal computers.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
Producer: Manuel Pérez Gutiérrez
Director: Manuel Pérez Gutiérrez
Views: 100
Posted by: mapegu on Dec 11, 2008

The widespread availability of audio cassettes, video cassettes, CD-ROMs, DVDs and Internet downloads of sound and video files (something referred to in the field of ESL/EFL as listening technology) has vastly increased the variety of materials available for listening comprehension activities

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