Exploring the interactive nature of listening skill for improved learner participation in second language learning
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International Association of Language Educators
Listening is an important language skill that is meant to be nurtured in children for effective language development. It is also a crucial part of interaction at all levels of education as well as a critical skill for academic success. Despite its significance, one will observe that teachers shy away from teaching listening skill, perhaps, due to inadequate knowledge of the right method/technique of teaching it. In the light of the above, this descriptive survey explores the interactive nature of listening skill for improved participation in language teaching. Three research questions were raised to guide the study. Instruments for data collection were questionnaire and observation. The findings reveal that teachers do not recognize nor exploit the interactive nature of listening skill, thus, they do not create opportunity for interaction and feedback, thereby, reducing learner participation. Based on the findings, it is recommended that teaching listening skill is a suitable avenue for intensifying learner participation. As such, effective strategies such as having a purpose for listening, questioning, connecting listening activities to real life situation, and eliciting feedback among others should be utilized in the process of teaching the listening skill.
Listening skill, Second Language Learning, Classroom interaction,
Shanu, B. M. & Adeosun, A. O. (2020). Exploring the interactive nature of listening skill for improved learner participation in second language learning. Journal of International Association of Language Educators, Vol. 1; 211-218