English PK Hand-note; Unit-5 Listening Skill - Proshikkhon

English PK Hand-note; Unit-5 Listening Skill

Q. Why is listening skill important? as a teacher how will you develop your students listening skill?


Students need to hear new words and phrases before they can say them. This will help them to pronounce the word correctly and also to remember them. Most children enjoy stories so they can be motivating.

The language is often difficult but children can follow storylines if they have pictures too. when the students listen to the Language over and over again, they easily understand it and can soon learn to say language themselves. This language is also very meaningful. Audio recordings Help students listen to different Voices and accents. They prepare then for listening to English in the future.

When teachers use English in the classroom for all purposes and not just as a subject they turn the classroom into an English environment. Students can see that English is used to communicate and not just to study. Most children enjoy songs and rhymes. Many songs and rhymes repeat to same sentence or words. When students Use English as much as possible, students have more listening and speaking practice. if students can listen to the texts as they read them, it will help them to learn how words are pronounced. It also helps the students to develop reading skills.

Q. What are the principles of listening skills?


In this part we find some principles of teching listening skills. These are-

  • Teach listening strategis.
  • Consider how student will response.
  • Focus on process.
  • Focus of the comprehension of meaning.
  • Combine listening with other skills.
  • Integrate listening into course.
  • Use authentic language and text.
  • Include both bottom to top down listening.
  • Use techniques that are intrinsically motivating.
  • Include local cultures.

Q. What is listening? Write the characteristics of a good listener.


Listening is one of the four basic language learning skills. It is a receptive skill. Listening is not simply hearing. Hearing with attention is listening. It is the first stage of learning a language. Without listening none can learn a language. A good listener can be a good speaker.

Characteristics of a good listener:

To speak the truth hearing without attention is not listening. To be a good listener one must have to these characteristics.  A good listener must have the following characteristics:

  • Concentrate alertly and consciously.
  • Identify the central idea of the topic.
  • Identify and relate the supporting ideas or detail of the speaker.
  • Retain the logical sequence of the topic mentally, maintain a running summary of the speaker’s points.
  • Make mental notes of agreement and disagreement.
  • Ask question for clarification.
  • Get distracted by the details.

Q. How can you organize listening activities in the classroom?


In the classroom we have to maintain some activities to make activeness of the students. We must follow the three main stages in the classroom. The three stages are-

a) Pre listening,

b) During listening, and

c) After listening.

a) Pre listening: The teacher should briefly introduce the topic of the passage. The students will find out or answer orally of the clue given by the teacher. Such as: A picture is shown and asked some short questions to the students. Then the teacher should clearly explain what tha students have to do while they are listening. The teacher should clear it with simple English and with example. Teacher reads the first or two sentences of the passage, translate or get a student to translate the instractions into Bangla if necessary. This is the last resort. If the teacher always translates instructions into Bangla, the student will expect it and will not try to understand them in English.

b) During listening: Read through the passage once aloud. Students listen and try to complete the task. Repeat it for a second time for the students to check their answers and to listen for any information they have missed to pick out first time. If the passage is difficult for the students to understand, the teaches should read the passage a third time.

c) After listening: Check the answers to the task. Finally, the teacher should check the task completed correctly by the students. The students sometimes should compare  and check their answers in pair first. The teacher should write the answers on the board taking them from the students. It will be easier for other students  to check and correct their own answers.

Q. What do you do as an English teacher to build up your student’s listening skill? Describe the importance of listening skills.


As a teacher I should try my level best to develop student’s listening skill. I do some listening tasks in tha classroom which the students can do as they listen. These activities are commonly known as listening tasks, listen and do, listen and draw, listen and decide true or false, listen and number, listen and write, listen and summerise etc.

Importance of listening skills: The importance of listening skills are given bellow:

  • To develop speaking skill.
  • To develop pronunciation stress and intonation.
  • To develop vocabulary.
  • To understand the speaker.
  • To draw attention of the students to new information.
  • To have a successful conversation.
  • Help students to develop relationship and confidence.
  • To enable us to speak clearly afterwards.
  • To help in the formation of language ability.
  • To take us from one stage to another.

Q. What are the basic skills of language ?

Answer :

The basics skills of language are-

  • Listening,
  • Speaking,
  • Reading, and
  • Writing.

Q. What is mean by Pre-teaching? Give an example.

Answer :

The teacher identifies the new words phrases and writes them on the board. Then he/she teaches them to the students. This is called pre-teaching. For example, it may be some difficult words, phrases e.g. straight on, turn left, famous etc.

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