Authentic Language Listening Resources
During our #Langchat session last Thursday night, participants batted around a number of excellent authentic language listening resources and ideas for using authentic audio in the classroom. Here are some of our favorites!
Musicuentos Blog Post: Finding Authentic Audio Sources (@SECottrell) #langchat
Spanish listening option: call (720) 865-8500 choose option 5. Some weeks more comprehensible than others. (@SenorG)
Compagnie Creole Youtube Channel (@MmeNero)
Mis Cositas Youtube Channel (@placido)
AudioLingua (English, German, Spanish, French) (@srapontarelli)
Tunein Online Radio Stations (All Languages)(@ouiouicestlavie)
Audioboo Online Radio Stations (All Languages)(@ouiouicestlavie)
7 Jours Sur Le Planete Television Channel (French)(@ouiouicestlavie)
Graphic Organizers from Houghton Mifflin (English, Spanish)(@tiesamgraf)
Lyrics Training Online Video Channel (All Languages)(@ouiouicestlavie)
Cody’s Cuentos, classic children’s stories. (Spanish)(@GlastonburyFL)
KeepVid Downloading and Sharing software for videos. (All Languages)(@CoLeeSensei)
SchoolTube: Voici un petit sapin (French)(@AudreyMisiano)
SchoolTube: Cancion de la rutina diaria (Spanish)(@AudreyMisiano)
Annenberg Japanese Listening Activities Video (Japanese)(@tmsau1)
Nulu online language learning software. (Spanish)(@sraoconnor)
Approaching a Listening Text – University of Texas: Foreign Language Teaching Methods (All Languages)(@Catherineku1972)
El Internado, Spanish television series. (Spanish)(@sraoconnor)
BBC Mundo Freak, free authentic Spanish listening resources. (Spanish)(@tiesamgraf)
@SECottrell’s Delicious audio tag. (Spanish)(@SECottrell)
Comptines French videos for elementary students. (French)(@dr_dmd)
News in Slow Spanish. (Spanish)(@mundaysa)
Proficiency Speaking Exercise Videos – University of Texas at Austin. (Spanish)(@cadamsf1)
Commentary on the textbook and movie Sol y Viento at The Spanish Dilletante (Spanish)(@Tecabrasileira)
Les Courts Metrages French videos. (French)(@MmeNero)
RTVE.es Spanish news online magazine. (Spanish)(@cforchini)
Radio France Internationale. (French)(@dr_dmd)
Spotify music service. (All Languages) (@micwalker)
@zachary_jones CLOZELINE audio activities. (@darcypippins)
Wordle. (All Languages)(@cforchini)
Ca bouge au Canada online television station. (French)(@MmeNero)
News in Slow French. (French)(@darcypippins)
ACTFL 2012 Proficiency Guidelines. (All Languages)(@tmsaue1)
Language and Culture Francaises online magazine. (French)(@msfrenchteach)
¿Quién fue Ana Frank? – Free authentic Spanish resources (Spanish)(@plazasantillana)
Authentic Listening Classroom Activity Ideas
@soccermom2013 Invite a Salvadoran refugee to talk about civil war experiences that pushed him to immigrate.
@cadamsf1 Invite Andean musicians to teach musical instruments, history, dance and culture of Peru.
@esantacruz13 Students should always create a question about what they are learning. And have classmates answer it.
@Tecabrasileira Try to use songs the Hispanics are into by either asking them what is popular or from reviewing the Latin Grammys.
@GlastonburyFL Have the high school students come teach the elementary students.
@srapontarelli Every year in our school we have International Idol. Students listen to songs all year and choose one and perform a skit.
Have students listen to a video before watching so that they focus on listening. That way, when video is on, they will focus more on watching and critiquing.
@alenord If a video clip, watch without sound the first time. This helps students focus on visuals.
@alenord Students listen to audio then write follow up questions that they would ask for more info.
@MaestraVance If students feel overwhelmed by listening have them draw pictures as they hear words or phrases. It gives them a visual.
@Traciepod I do vocab for an intro, comp questions during, personal application questions afterwards.
@viajando_kj Once I took the English standards and built my questions around them. (What is this about/purpose? For whom? What else do you understand?)
Once you leave your low-level thinking (cloze, vocab) ask students to use audio in an argument or opinion. When students can reference authentic resources to defend an opinion or argument, you’ve got real comprehension/assessment there!
@mcastroholland Use Spanish language commercials for short, high-interest video.
@msfrenchteach Make sure students do all the work with the recording, like with graphic organizers.
@Traciepod News is good because they hopefully have a background in it already.
Catherineku1972 #langchat 2/2 The teacher prepared an exercise at appropriate level using cognates, etc. Exposure to media+lang development.
@alenord Use Realplayer to download audio or video. Save onto your iPod. Connect to speakers directly.
@PreKlanguages Have older students do a puppet show for younger ones. It’s an incredible exercise for both, as it requires them to listen very carefully and interpret different accents.
@cforchini Simon says in the target language.
@srapontarelli I like to do some sort of summarizing and reflective piece with audio as well as objective questions.
@sonrisadelcampo Have students listen to a podcast with a list of specific information to listen for.
An audio or visual experience should usually be combined with reading and writing. For example, students search for a house in Morocco online then choose a house. They could watch a video on interior design tips, then write a letter to an interior designer incorporating information from the clip.
@profesorM Students perform skits, while the rest of the class listens and fills in a graphic organizer.
@profesorM I play authentic songs, then have students do a CLOZE or rearrange the lyrics as they listen.
@CristinaZimmer4 My classroom always follows the same three steps: predict words, listen for those words, listen again for new words, discuss as group.
dr_dmd Have students draw what they understand.
Pre-listening activity: let students read the title of a video and the associated user comments underneath. Then have them predict the mood and main idea.
@SECottrell At very low levels, ask lots of yes/no questions with options.
@dr_dmd Graphic org idea: Create a time line – write an event on the line, listen again, add in more information each time students listen to audio again.
@tiesamgraf T charts are great for compare/contrast.
@ouiouicestlavie Connect themes of audio and students’ personal experience in pre-discussion using the target language. For example, when you use a video on sports, ask what characterizes that kind of clip?
@dr_dmd I like to suggest a 3 part graphic: A list of topics in one column, new words in another, questions in the last.
@dr_dmd Use graphic organizers during comprehensive input stage, then use similar ones for listening activities.
@profesorM My students make vokis and vocaroos for homework. Even though they’re not authentic, they make good listening components. #langchat
@ouiouicestlavie Having students put events in order as they listen or draw the ideas is a great way for them to quickly show comp rather than take notes.
@PreKlanguages I give parents activities to do at home with recorded conversations, from setting the table to taking a bath.
@MmeReichhoff Try watching a video without sound first and answer the questions ou/qui/quand/i etc..Then listen without video and answer questions. Compare!
@crwmsteach Organize movie viewing as listening and vocabulary review. For example, Chocolat after food or shopping, Les Choristes after music.
@CoLeeSensei I also have them tell me what the song is about by feel of the music – non-verbal listening is key, too.
Another great task- if using commercials as CLOZE listening activity, have students read the lines first, then again after completed act.
Students have an “I heard” checklist as they watch a drama episode. Try to make it only 4 or 5 per viewing to keep the ears ready to hear.
@Tecabrasileira Play audio sources several time and have students focus on different specific goals.
@SenorG Show concert poster while playing audio of a radio ad for the same show. Seeing and hearing produce authentic input.
@nosilaN When listening to songs, I show the video after we listened 2 or 3 times. It helps them comprehend a little more before needing English.
@CoLeeSensei We have a “song of the week.” It is always playing at the start and end of class in addition to their “working in the language” class time.
@CoLeeSensei Authentic audio also includes student-produced. Have students listen to what others in class, (for example, during a presentation) and check off what they heard.
@alenord I just have my students listen and take notes in English. Then we verify what they hear. They can listen as many times as they want to.
@GlastonburyFL I pre-teach key words. Then, every time students hear a key word they give a “silent applause.”
@CoLeeSensei Have students generate the words they think that they will hear!
@darcypippins Pull out difficult vocab from listening and circling it or PQA it. Get the reps before students listen. Visuals help too.
@dr_dmd For our novices and elem students, give a handout with pictures of many words in the resource. Then have them check off the ones they hear.
@tiesamgraf I have used Wordle and other Wordsplash ideas to prompt conversations and pre-listening tasks to get students engaged in the content/context.
@Tecabrasileira I play popular authentic Spanish listening resources while students enter the room.
@crwmsteach Preview the title like you would if reading literature. Have students pick out key words then the main concepts. Challenge advanced students with more detailed questions.