First, ask the students a question about a particular topic. If the topic is "weather", for example, you may ask "What kind of weather do you like and why?" or "What is your favorite season and why?" After a few students have answered, have them listen to the opinions given by the native speakers, and highlight particularly problematic words or phrases. Then, ask them to answer the questions once again, incorporating what they learned from the listening exercise.
Alternatively, the teacher could assign the students to memorize an answer from each lesson, and present it in the following class.
The teacher can also present these as standalone lessons. For example, after having the class listen to one lesson, the teacher could give them a review exercise (such as a pre-prepared fill-in-the-blank worksheet) or simply ask comprehension questions to test the students' listening abilities. These can be great supplements to courses that correspond with the topics in this book.
This material can also be useful as self-study material. For example, students may find that it is useful to listen to these tracks when they are driving in their car, riding a bike, etc.
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Opinions in English:
ESL Listening Curriculum
with accompanying texts
Featuring native speakers giving opinions on the following topics:
Daily Routine (I and II)
Bad Qualities (I and II)
Shopping (I and II)
School (I and II)
House & Apartment
Means of Travel
Good Qualities (I and II)
Food & Eating
Choosing a Career (I and II)
City and Country
A total of 20 ESL listening lessons (mp3 format), with the accompanying text for each lesson.
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