I thought it would be interesting to try and find out what everybody is currently reading and their opinion of it: The idea is that the more people post, the more books are mentioned, then the more reading ideas/inspiration there will be to tap into for everybody, myself included! 🙂
Here is mine:
What: Vandergrift and Goh (2012) Teaching and Learning Second Language Listening: Metacognition in Action. Routledge.
Why? Am currently re-reading this because I want to use some of the ideas with my intermediate class next week. (I finally have the same class for longer than one week! Last week I had this class for the first time, shared with another teacher who has just left, and this coming week I’m not sure who I will be sharing it with.) Anyway, one of the learners has recently been to see the DOS and expressed concerns that she doesn’t feel like she’s progressing and feels that listening is a particular weakness. So I’m hoping that bringing metacognition into the equation might help matters for her.
What’s it about? It consists of three parts: Learning to listen, A Metacognitive Approach to Listening and Listening in Other Contexts. Each of these parts contain several sub-chapters. It’s very theoretical, references lots of research and, importantly, makes the application of the theory very explicit, providing lots of activities that can be used in the classroom.
How have I used it? I used this metacognitive approach to teaching listening as one of the three approaches on which my materials for the materials development module of my M.A. in ELT were based (the other two being TBL and Tomlinson’s text-based approach) and have been incorporating some of the features of the pedagogical sequence that Vandergrift and Goh put forward in my teaching since having read it the first time around. This book was a post-Delta discovery that I found completely by accident, as I was rootling around in Leeds (as vs Leeds Met) library in order to max out my Sconul membership! It’s possibly one of the top books – in my opinion – that I’ve read during my course, which is saying something! And now I have the perfect opportunity to try out some of the bits I haven’t yet used and see if I can make even a very small difference for this learner and the rest of her class, none of whom are confident listeners. I will also try to find the time to blog about how it goes… (If the dissertation-beast will let me… :-p)
Now over to you! (And I really hope at least some of you will participate… 🙂 ) What are you reading? Why? What’s it about? How have you used what you have read so far/how do you plan to use it? Please share with me, and everyone else who happens across this post, by posting your answers in the comments box below – as much or as little as you feel like typing. NB If you are not currently in the middle of reading something, feel free to post about the last thing you finished reading or dipped into…