Malcolm Gladwell on Steve Jobs – a listening lesson

Posted: August 6, 2016 in Listening
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I’ve posted quite a few listening lessons on this blog, and up to now they were all worksheets meant to be used by a teacher in class. This time I’m sharing an online self-study lesson, for B1 level and higher, that allows learners to explore the features of connected speech and train listening decoding at their own pace. The lesson is based on a snippet from an interview with Malcolm Gladwell, an American journalist, at Toronto Public Library.

Lesson_gladwell

The web tool that I used to build this lesson is still in a bit of experimental stage (e.g. unfortunately right now you can’t save or print out your answers, and there might be other minor snags). Still, I hope that it will be useful for learners who need to train themselves to understand fast authentic speech.

If you try the lesson, I’d be very grateful for your feedback.

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Comments
  1. eflnotes says:

    Hi Olya
    Fantastic work, look fwd to testing this when i get back from holidays 😀; also a small reminder for interview about your tool? 😀
    Ta
    Mura

    • olyasergeeva says:

      Hi Mura,

      Thanks! Actually I’m afraid that since posting this we’ve introduced some kind of critical bug so the main functionality (playing the videos) isn’t working at the moment – will let you know when it’s up again. I know it seems a never-ending story by now, but I’m going to talk about this tool at the BESIG conference in November, so at least we’ll have to finally get it sorted by then. 🙂 Can I get back to you re the interview right after that?

  2. eflnotes says:

    Hi Olya,
    Okay will do; good luck with squashing that bug!

    • olyasergeeva says:

      Turned out not a critical bug but deprecated API (they deprecated the player that we were using – will need to rewrite part of code).

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