Sophie O’Keefe writes:
This year English Australia, in partnership with Cambridge English Language Assessment and with the support of key reference person Anne Burns, marks the eighth year of the Action Research in ELICOS Program. This award-winning program supports teachers to systematically plan, act, observe and reflect on practical approaches to a ‘problematic’ aspect of their teaching and share the outcomes of their research with others.
In 2017, nine teachers from around Australia worked on six projects related to the theme of Teaching, learning and assessing listening. In the colloquium at the English Australia conference, following a brief introduction to the program, the theme and to action research by Anne Burns and Sophie O’Keefe, the teachers who participated will each present a brief outline of the main findings of their research.
This year’s projects explored the following themes:
- How mobile based technologies influence the teaching of listening and student engagement in listening tasks;
- Comparing the outcomes of student controlled and teacher controlled intensive listening tasks;
- SIP and Listen: How does raising awareness of Stress, Intonation and Pausing affect listening skills?;
- Exploring the effects of metacognitive and grammatical awareness on students’ listening of short bursts of speech;
- Using active listening skills to improve listening comprehension in expository discussions; and
- How can teaching phonemic awareness impact on students’ listening (& note-taking) skills?
Sophie O’Keefe is Professional Development Manager, English Australia