July 23, 2012 by Kara
We all have the challenge of finding engaging and level-appropriate sources for input. Then we still need to make something for them to do with it. To have something pre-prepared, I created this generic activity for any listening activity that has a transcript based on the AP Spanish site. Sites like BBC usually have videos and transcripts. Also I prefer to use this form in the target language, but I put this one in English for everyone to understand.
*The idea is that they are identifying general information and the text type. If they are aware of what type of text it is, it helps them to create their own later.
*Next they are asked to predict what they will hear based on titles, pictures, the website, etc. This step is something that we do naturally, but needs to be taught to many students. Well, this is a news report with a picture of a tree down. Maybe I will hear about a storm or something about weather.
*Then they hear the spoken text. In the first column, they write what they hear. It may be words or phrases. You can play it again.
*Next they will compare with a partner and add what their partner had in the second column.
*Then the partners get a transcript. In the third, column they add what the understood from the reading.
*The last part is for them to self-assess themselves and add any reflections.
Overall this walks them through the steps. I’m going to try it for myself too!