The new IE Active Listening Course

From the spring semester of 2009 we will introduce a revamped IE Listening section, which we will call IE Active Listening. To summarize the changes:

  • Although the first and last classes of the semester will take place as plenaries, for all the classes in between, each half of the class will alternate between a week of classroom instruction followed by a week of self-access or outside-of-class cooperative learning. Therefore, the size of each class–except for the initial and final ones–will be reduced by half.
  • The smaller number of students in the classes will make it possible for teachers to introduce listening tasks, giving students the opportunity to take a more active approach to learning.
  • Students will prepare for tasks outside of class and work on self-access materials that will be made available for each of the IE themes. A management system will keep a record of the students’ engagement with the listening materials, and summaries will be accessible to teachers.
  • Eventually, we will work toward having teachers and students themselves author listening materials that will be made available to other students in their class, or program-wide, after they pass a vetting procedure. To achieve this, we are having software developed that will allow for the easy creation of listening material using embedded YouTube videos and podcasts.

Please refer to a PowerPoint presentation explaining the new program in detail.

Joseph Dias

About jodias

Joseph Vincent Dias, an American from San Jose, California, is currently the co-coordinator of the Integrated English (IE) Program and a member of the Communications Unit of Aoyama Gakuin University's English Department. While being responsible for courses on intercultural communication and language teacher education, his research interests include computer-assisted and task-based language learning, as well as curriculum development. In the last few years he has published articles that appeared in two TESOL texts: Dias, J.V., & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In Teaching Listening: Voices From the Field (N. Ashcraft and A. Tran, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 9-31. AND... Dias, J.V., A Web of Controversy: Bringing Critical Thinking Skills Online. (2009), In Adult language learners: Context and innovation (G. Strong and A. Smith, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 97-105.
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