9781137521897

Exploring Listening Strategy Instruction Through Action Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137521897

  • ISBN10:

    1137521899

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-07-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Listening in a second language is challenge for students and teachers alike. While learners often find it the most difficult skill to acquire in a new language, teachers also struggle with how to teach it. This book provides a personal account of an action research intervention involving listening strategy instruction to investigate the viability of this innovative pedagogy in the Japanese university context. Each action research stage (plan, act, observe, reflect) is described in detail, showing how action research can be realized in practice. The book offers teachers a theoretical and practical framework for developing a listening strategies program and considers the factors that influence the effectiveness of such methodology. By providing an alternative to standard approaches for second language listening instruction, this book will be of interest to language teachers and researchers, teachers-in-training, graduate students, and teacher educators.

Author Biography

Joseph Siegel is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. Many of his published works are on the topics of second language listening pedagogy and strategy instruction. Among his research interests are teaching and learning practices related to second language listening and the development of pragmatic competency.

Table of Contents

PART I - ADDRESSING A GAP IN SECOND LANGUAGE LISTENING INSTRUCTION
1. Personal and Professional Foundations of a Listening Strategy Intervention
2. Listening and How it is Taught
3. The Listening Strategy Instruction Program
PART II - UNDERSTANDING THE LISTENING STRATEGY INSTRUCTION INTERVENTION
4. Appraising the Listening Strategy Instruction Intervention
5. Iterative Findings from the Action Research Intervention
6. Participant Lenses: The Findings Viewed from Different Standpoints
PART III - POSITIONING THE LISTENING STRATEGY INSTRUCTION IN THE FIELD
7. Reflections and Key Findings for the Local Context
8. Listening Strategy Instruction in the Broader Second Language Context









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