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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (22 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521685702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521685702
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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Now in my forties, I am making my first serious attempt to learn a foreign language. I thought about it carefully and realised that what I most wanted to do was to communicate verbally with people in my target language with much less emphasis on reading and writing. I worked out that all I needed was to learn lots of vocabulary and then - presto! - I would understand any sentences containing those words. I was totally wrong. Even quite simple sentences uttered at normal speed by a native speaker defeated me. And the result, as John Field mentions at several points in his wonderful book, is badly damaging to morale! Although I am not a language teacher, I found this book fascinating, helpful - and reassuring. It is a serious academic work which starts by looking at the current `comprehension` method of listening teaching, goes on to look at ways of making it more effective and then really takes off with a very detailed study of how we turn tiny, basic sounds in to meaning: there is an awful lot to it. The book is stuffed full of examples of how to put these scientific ideas of listening in to practice; I should think it excellent for language teachers who are really interested in helping and motivating their students. The book concludes with chapters on listening strategies to help students cope in the real world when they have far from perfect listening skills.One minor point : I nearly didn`t pick the book up because of the title. Perhaps it should be called, `Listening` or, `How to Listen`! Anyway, strongly recommended for anyone trying to understand a spoken second language who wants a deep understanding of the listening process - and for their teachers!
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A really thought-provoking book for anyone who has taught, or indeed tried to learn, a language. Slightly depressing as you see how wrong the approach you probably took was! This is a very well explained argument for going about teaching listening from the norm presented in coursebooks and the like in that it actually involves teaching the skill rather than just throwing lots of practice at the students, which is, really, just testing them rather than teaching them. I wish I'd read this book when I was still teaching as it would really have made a difference to the quality of my teaching. I've taken on board some of what he says in my own learning, though, and it has helped me to improve as a listener. My one reservation is with the practical activities that aren't always all that clear. Perhaps there's scope for another book there (take note Mr Field, if you are reading this!) - one that fleshes out some of the activities that are described in Listening in the Language Classroom.
Overall though - great book (the first one I've bought from Amazon that is so good that I felt the desire to write a review)
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Listening is a skill that many know relatively little about, and I'm talking about teachers in the field! I bought this book a few years back, but have read it seriously more recently due to my research. John Field fundamentally breaks down what many of us think of as comprehension. Listening more and more doesn't really help. It's a hit and miss affair, but then one can understand this as no real attempt has been made to break down comprehension into it's constituent parts. John has laid out the theory, with some examples. As another reviewer says, we probably need more examples of how to realise some of the ideas. I think it's an opportunity for us to try things out.. For those who are serious about understanding listening to the next level, this is the book for them.
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Fantastic thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 23 May 2014
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It started a little slow for me - preaching to the choir about the current state of teaching listening. However, the ideas, activities, and citations throughout are extremely informative. I am in the midst of revamping a speaking/listening course for advanced English learners and have found this book invaluable.
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BUY 30 Sept. 2013
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I will never regret buying this book!!!!
The strategies for listening comprehension described in this book REALLY WORK!!! After implementing them in my classes i find that my students' listening skills are more developed. Thisis why believe this book is a MUST BUY FOR ALL FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS!!!!
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really really useful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listening in the Language Classroom 29 Aug. 2009
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I think this book is useful in that it provides insights into the current teaching approaches in the L2 listening classroom. It compares the differences of language processing between L1 and L2 listeners --- how they decode, link to their schemata, use grammar, amplify what the speaker says and handle information etc. It is consequently useful to L2 listening researchers because it releases incoming information not only about the author --- Dr. John Field, but also other wellknown scholars in the circle.
The book also provides criteria of listening difficulty and detailed teaching techniques that L2 listening teachers can apply in their language classroom. It is a practical book.
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