Susan M. Bacon (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Listening for Real in the Foreign-Language Classroom1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1989 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 543–550, December 1989
How to Cite
Bacon, S. M. (1989), Listening for Real in the Foreign-Language Classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 22: 543–550. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1989.tb02781.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Authentic reading and listening texts expose students to real language from the beginning of their language study. Although authentic reading texts are available for novice students, real listening traditionally has been delayed until students are at the intermediate or advanced levels. This paper argues that novices can understand and benefit from authentic texts and that an early exposure to such texts will help them develop useful listening strategies for more complex tasks later on. Pre-listening strategies are as delicate as pre-reading activities, however. Care must be taken that the text is cultumlly relevant to the experience of the listener.