Listening comprehension: teaching or testing?

Listening comprehension lessons are all too often a series of listening tests in which tapes are played, comprehension exercises are attempted by the learners, and feedback is given in the form of the 'right'answer. In lessons such as this, listening is not being taught but tested. This article will consider what procedures may be involved in actually teaching effective listening — procedures such as the provision of adequate preparation, adequate support and appropriate listening tasks, together with positive feedback, error analysis, and remedial action.

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