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Teaching Listening Comprehension (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) Paperback – September 2, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0521287814 ISBN-10: 0521287812 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Series: Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1St Edition edition (September 2, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521287812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521287814
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Elvin on September 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Teaching Listening Comprehension begins by identifying and focusing on two of the most fundamental and pertinent questions that English foreign language teachers ought to be asking; What does listening to English in real life entail? and What problems do second language learners face when trying to listen in a foreign language? The introduction, which is roughly one fifth of the book, deals specifically with these two issues, with the remaining hundred or so pages being made up of classroom activity examples. Ur's knowledge, experience and common sense, and her refusal to lose focus of what we are doing and why, make each of her suggestions worthy of time and consideration, and her clear and non-academic style of writing makes for easy reading, too. Although Teaching Listening Comprehension is now somewhat dated (it was written in the mid-eighties), the pedagogical principles are still basically the same as they used to be. You may not want to try out all of Ur's suggestions (who would?), but if you are looking for a thorough and practical guide to the nuts and bolts of listening in a foreign language and how to be an effective listening teacher, and you are prepared to modify Ur's exercise examples to suit your own teaching environment, then there is much to be gained from reading and using her book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anna Varna on May 23, 2000
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The first part of this book is dedicated to the general principles of teaching listening comprehension to language learners. This part is really invaluable. Penny Ur is considered an authority in the teaching of listening after writing this,at least here in Europe, and it is surely a must have for anyone involved in Language teaching.
It was originally published in 1984, however, and at points it may seem dated especially its second part with suggestions of listening exercises.
Even so I especially enjoyed the clear and informal language which presents the necessary theoretical background without the academic stiffness.
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By Erick on February 14, 2014
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As a TESOL Student I have found this book to be very Good and I will add it will always be apart of my library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ace Ofbase on June 17, 2014
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I was expecting more from this book. I have bought other books in the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers and have really liked them (Planning Lessons and Courses, Teaching One-to-One). I know Penny Ur's Five Minute Activities and Lessons from Nothing are great books, but this one doesn't tell me anything new about listening. It seems like it would be more suitable for low-level community ESL courses, but unfortunately that's not my teaching context.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Campbell on February 12, 2010
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Well, I take "Method of TESL" this semester. This book is recommended but not required. However, the professor did say "IF YOU WANNT TO TEACH ESL. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE ON YOUR BOOKSHELF". So it is on my bookshelf now.
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