Davina used Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab (www.esl-lab.com) in her class to help students improve their language skills. Here is a video of her class using Randall’s Web site, followed by the lesson plan she followed to teach the lesson. One of her English students, Cyrielle Levraut, was also awarded the best narration on travel in the class, and she explained where she likes to go on vacation and why.
Oral Comprehension Strategies with Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Lesson Plan: Using Randall’s Web site in English Class
Without revealing the title of the listening activity (Great Apartment Living – http://www.esl-lab.com/apart/apartrd1.htm), students first have a quick look at the image in the pre-listening section of the Web page and try to figure out the main theme.
Then, the class listens to the recording. Afterwards, while listening again, students try to write down the words they can spot or identify because of familiarity and stress. They listen to the recording four times.
The class writes ALL the words they heard on the board .
After writing the words, the class tries to identify the situation, the parts of speech of the words, and themes. In addition, students try to identify the speakers in the conversation: young, old, relationship between them, and so on.
Afterwards, students organize sentences and hypotheses about the global meaning of the recording. Students try to determine if their ideas are potentially right, and they can even use their imaginations to compensate missing information.
Then, the class checks the hypotheses by listening to the recording again and tries to answer Randall’s questions on the Web site.