Chapter 7. Listening in a Second Language

  1. Andrew D. Wolvin Professor
  1. John Flowerdew Professor and
  2. Lindsay Miller Associate Professor

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314908.ch7

Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century

Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century

How to Cite

Flowerdew, J. and Miller, L. (2010) Listening in a Second Language, in Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century (ed A. D. Wolvin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314908.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Author Information

  1. City University of Hong Kong

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181655

Online ISBN: 9781444314908



  • listening in a second language;
  • pedagogic model of second language listening;
  • unified model of second language listening - cognitive, social, linguistic and pedagogic theory;
  • processes of listening - bottom-up, top-down and interactive processing;
  • needs of second language learners in modern-day society;
  • problems associated with researching second language listening;
  • listening comprehension - from phonology, lexis, syntax-semantics, socio-linguistics and culture;
  • research into listening - measurement, analysis, identification and perceptions;
  • process models of listening;
  • intertextual dimension - intertextuality in casual conversation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Problems Associated with Researching Second Language Listening

  • A Pedagogical Model for Second Language Listening

  • Process Models of Listening

  • Dimensions of Listening

  • Conclusion

  • References