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Listen-up is an activity for developing fluency in recognising word/sound correspondences and to identify main ideas in a text. It can also be used to recycle vocabulary or to help students to notice certain types of words.

The teacher prepares a list of words (about 10 at most) from a short text, about 200-250 words maximum. Students copy down the list in a column. The teacher reads the text aloud, a little more slowly than normal reading speed, and students tick each word every time they hear it. At the end of the reading, count up the number of ticks for each word and this will help to identify the main ideas in the text.

Variation 1: students number their list of words in the order that they hear them being read. The teacher could focus on one type of word e.g. cohesive devices, which would then help students to notice and use cohesive devices in their own texts.

Watch this year 7/8 science video to see a variation on the Listen-up activity which requires students to listen for words and their definitions. The students are required to match up the words and their definitions on cards and to put the cards into the same order that the teacher read them out. 


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Published on: 18 Dec 2017