What are some effective strategies to help increase students speaking and listening skills?
Data collection continued –
What am I finding as I collect data this week? I am working on listening and speaking activities in the class to promote better listening comprehension skills and develop speaking skills I have started to implement the listening strategies with my students. This is the second week. I use a hook to introduce the chapter idea. After that we discuss words that they think they might hear. I list them on the board and the students raise their hand when they hear one of them. Using this activity gets them thinking about what they are going to hear and also keeps them listening for the words. In the videos I have noticed that the students are more engaged in the listening process. I am not sure that they are comprehending things any more. When we go back over the material the students don’t recall information much faster but they can locate the key words in the reading and find information much faster.
I had planned on introducing the listening activites on Voki this week but have run into a snag. Part of the listening activity is to use what we practice in class when we listen. I want the students to be thinking about words they may hear when they hear a title, or topic for discussion. Also I want them to predict what they might read about. My students are still struggling with this and not sure they can list ideas and word on their own. I wanted this listening activity to be independent. My thoughts are to go back and re-teach or accommodate by listening some words for them. I am leaning toward listing some words for them and then slowly removing them. If the activities are successful and the students like them I want to continue them throughout the year. Input would be great if you have any to offer.
In my methods I was going to do a students survey every two weeks to gather continual data on my student about how they feel about the activities. I designed that to happen on Mondays, which means I don’t have that data yet to see how they like the use of these strategies. I am also looking to see if they think it helps them pay attention in class as well as understand the material