The Expanding Tactics for Listening Teacher's Book gives detailed notes and suggestions for getting the most from each unit. Each Teacher's Book unit begins with introductory information about the main theme of the unit, the skills taught and practiced, and any cultural aspects of the unit's topics.
A Culture Note
Although many of these points may be known by the teacher, they are likely to be unfamiliar to the students. Discussion of American and Canadian culture and lifestyle differences will help the students to understand the context of the conversations they will hear more thoroughly.
Following this introductory information are detailed notes on how to present each part of the unit. The notes are divided into six sections.
The Skills section states the listening skill or skills focused on in each task, such as listening for gist, listening for details, and listening for opinions.
The Tactics section states the listening tactic or tactics best suited to the listening task. The teacher can explain these to the students before they listen.
The Vocabulary section lists any words or phrases that might be unfamiliar to the students. These items can be either pre-taught by the teacher, or dealt with in context as they arise. This section does not include every potentially unfamiliar word in the recording. Only those words needed to perform the listening task are listed here.
The Preparation section suggests various ways to provide the students with the schema of the listening passage. Any relevant pictures in the Student Book are exploited for this purpose. In addition, there are suggestions for eliciting pertinent background information from the students.
The Presentation section offers suggestions on ways to administer each exercise, and ways to check the students' answers.
These activities fall into two categories: listening or speaking exercises. The listening exercises require either a more detailed listening of the same text or an additional listening with a different purpose. The speaking exercises provide an opportunity for discussion practice or
Midterm and Final Tests
The Teacher's Book includes photocopiable Midterm and Final Tests. These tests reinforce the language and listening tactics that the students practiced in each unit and are designed for quick and easy scoring. The CD on the inside back cover of this Teacher's Book contains the recordings for the Midterm and Final Tests.
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