The research and the experts agree: learning how to listen is the first step in learning any language. That is why EB and Fun and Friends put listening centre stage in all our English lessons. Students always begin with a listening exercise, then progress through reading, speaking and writing.
Our lessons are defined by :
Authentic texts are those that have been produced in the course of genuine communication. Examples include news reports, advertisements, film clips and trailers. Use of authentic texts, such as those used in Fun and Friends, helps students cope successfully with genuine communication outside the classroom.
(For further information on the importance of authenticity in language learning, please see the reference on David Nunan below.)
Listening has been viewed as a primary vehicle for language learning, and comprehensive input is a necessary condition for language learning.
(For further information on the importance of input in language learning, please see the reference on Michael Rost below.)
Effective teaching involves
- careful selection of input sources (appropriately authentic, interesting, varied and challenging)
- integration of listening with other learning purposes (with appropriate links to speaking, reading and writing)
(For further information on the importance of effective teaching in language learning, please see the reference on Michael Rost below.)
4) Listen, Listen, Listen to English
Listening is especially important for beginners. Beginners should spend 95% of their study time listening to English.
~ 美國南加州大學英語教學及語言學退休教授 Stephen Krashen