Listening with pictures

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One of the problems I have with listening exercises, is that the students often react to them as if they are a test. I want students to engage with listening tasks as an integral part of language learning and this is a method that worked successfully.  Give each student a mini whiteboard (or scrap paper).  For each item of the listening, they draw a picture to represent it.  In the example below, the students were listening to people describing their holidays: where they stayed, what they did, what the weather was like.  My students equate drawing picture with fun, making listening less threatening!

 

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