What else can teachers do to help ESL students understand what they hear in class?
Following is a list of some of the additional things teachers can do to improve the chances that ESL students will understand what they hear in class:
- speak clearly and naturally
- decrease speed - pacing
- avoid excessive use of idioms, colloquialisms, phrasal verbs, jokes, etc.
- repeat nouns, instead of using pronouns
- preteach key vocabulary
- make any post-listening task explicit
- support spoken language with visual material
- make it interesting
- employ cooperative activities that require careful listening.