Breaking Down the 4 Domains of Language: LISTENING

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Over the next few weeks, we will be breaking down the 4 language domains: 
Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.


In my opinion, the listening domain is the most important domain to focus on in the language learning journey. However, it’s the most commonly overlooked of the 4 domains!

When it comes to listening, our students are learning the prosody of the language: rhythm, cadence, accent patterns, and pitch. This is why adjusting your speech (slowing your rate, annunciating, repeating important words and phrases, etc.) is one of the best ways you can help your ELLs.

It’s important to be aware of each of the different areas of the brain that are activated as your students learn English. We need to help our students view their brains as a muscle they are strengthening!

Topics Discussed in this episode:
  • what makes the listening domain so critical
  • practical strategies to help your students strengthen listening comprehension
  • how the brain learns a language
  • what to expect of your students’ listening at each stage of language development
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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.




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