According to SLA studies, listening is the first and the weakest language skill acquired by ESL/EFL students (Doğan, 2008 and Ulum, 2015). Even though up to 45% of daily communication is listening and up to 80% of learning is listening, listening had once been perceived as an automatic, passive skill where instructors placed more importance on its step-sister skills: reading, writing and speaking (Yılmaz, 2003 & Nunan 2005). Since then, a greater emphasis has been placed on active listening strategies to improve students' listening comprehension.
Join us in this interactive presentation where we will dive into technological solutions that are backed by best practices in an effort to look after and strengthen active listening.
Matthew Kolbusz is a certified TESOL instructor currently enrolled in The New School's MA TESOL program under Lesley Painter-Farrell in New York City. Matt teaches in Queens Public Library, home to 800+ languages -- the world's most linguistically-diverse place according to the Endangered Language Alliance. With a background in ad-tech, he applies his keen eye in educational technology, curriculum development and course design in hopes to save prep time and heighten student engagement with invigorating experiences both in and out of the classroom.