Elemental Linguistics

The Essential Elements of Linguistics

Listen Faster Algorithm With this activity, for fluency and meaningful input, we can use the same text “Don’t Quit; Get Grit.” This time the... 10 – Listen Faster Algorithm

Listen Faster Algorithm

With this activity, for fluency and meaningful input, we can use the same text “Don’t Quit; Get Grit.” This time the teacher reads the text aloud to students at a slow pace. Then the teacher reads it again at normal native speaker pace. Next the teacher reads the text again at high speed. For non-native teachers, there are audio applications that change the play back speed from slow to fast.

Though high speed reading is not natural per se, it does allow students to practice fluency listening with a text that they are familiar with. After Listen Faster, students can answer a few yes/no or true/false questions about the text, and the activity is done.

For a variation, the teacher can first present the text at high speed. After this, students can try to answer questions. If they cannot answer questions at high speed, the teacher presents the text at normal speed. Then students try to answer the questions. If they cannot answer questions at normal speed, the teacher presents the text at slow speed. Then students try to answer the questions. For another variation, each time the teacher changes the speed, she can also present the text in a different format. For example, each time the students see a text with different blanks.

 



Dr. Joseph Poulshock

Dr. Joseph Poulshock is a professor of English linguistics in the Faculty of Economics at Senshu University.