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Title: Making a case for skills/strategies-based instruction for L2 listening development
Authors: Zhang, Lawrence Jun
Keywords: Learner strategies
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Zhang, L. J. (2008). Making a case for skills/strategies-based instruction for L2 listening development. Reflections on English Language Teaching, 7(2), 119-128.
Abstract: In this paper I argue that a skills/strategies approach remains one of the many possible and effective approaches that can help L2 learners to improve their listening skills if classroom teachers implement it based on a good understanding of its cognitive as well as pedagogical underpinnings. Strategies are a series of events and might not be reportable in the listening process due to the heavy cognitive demand of the task. Nonetheless, this article posits that the difficulty in reporting on the cognitive processes does not mean that listeners are not using cognitive and metacognitive strategies to process the live language data. As long as care is taken, as psychologists have maintained, complete data collection is possible (Ericsson & Simon, 1993). Opponents such as Reese-Miller’s (1993) and Ridgway’s (2000a, 200b) overemphasis that strategies (including listening strategies) are not easily reportable should not prevent teachers from adopting a skills/strategies approach to L2 learner/listener training. In fact, research findings are well synthesised (e.g., Cohen & Macaro, 2007; Goh & Yusnita, 2006; Pressley & Harris, 2006; Zhang, 2008a) which indicate that strategies-based instruction is one of the effective practices of pedagogy in classroom instructional situations, especially in this era when the concept of “best methods” can be explored in more than one sense of the term after decades of methodological searches for the best methods ended with a non-unitary solution.
ISSN: 0219-8398
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