Site Search:
 

Banner

Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index Teacher Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Shadowing?

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Adult Education
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
bgoodguy



Joined: 06 Aug 2009
Posts: 2
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Shadowing? Reply with quote

Hi,
I have been teaching in korea for three years now and a big part of my responisbility is to teach listening and pronunciation. I have been asked to search for information on "shadowing". If you don't know, it's basically listening to someone or some material and repeating instantly what is being said, kind of like "copy cat". I've found very little resources on this technique on the internet and havn't had much luck in the bookstores either. If anyone knows about this technique and/or knows any books or reference material related to this, please let know.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
alawton



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 45
Location: Austin, TX

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:46 am    Post subject: Shadowing Reply with quote

I haven't seen a lot published on this either. I have used this technique in both my ESL and Spanish classes. I usually pick a passage that includes vocabulary we are studying. This means I usually make up the dialogue and I read it while students "shadow". I don't know how much other teachers use this method, but I love it.

Andrew Lawton
http://drewseslfluencylessons.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Sally Olsen



Joined: 08 Apr 2004
Posts: 1305
Location: Canada,France, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Greenland, Canada, Mongolia, Ethiopia next

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a technique used quite successfully years ago in Remedial Eduction or Special Education. You gradually let the students take over when they were able and just filled in words that held them back. It was great on stories that they knew already or stories just slightly about their level. It was a great way to teach dramatics when reading as well and increase their speed. I did it one on one for special education but did use it for my adult ESL groups as well. They found it very useful to get the proper pronunciation of words and a more fluid reading style.

We used the news taped from a TV station as well. You can get the script for newscasts and the students can follow along and try to imitate the newscaster. Since newscasters speak really quickly, it was quite a feat at first to keep up and I just did one or two stories from the newscast. If you use BBC you have a better chance of the words being on tests like the TOEFL.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
bgoodguy



Joined: 06 Aug 2009
Posts: 2
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, thanks for the input. Second since you guys have already used this method in a classroom setting, I'd like to ask a couple questions. How often would you use this exercise in the classroom (ex. everyday?) and how long each time? (ex. 15mins./ one hr?) I believe I was expected to teach this as a type of class for the first time at this school, but when I was researching, it sounded like it may just be something small that could be implement into the current pronunciation / listening class. Any more help would be grateful, thanks!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Sally Olsen



Joined: 08 Apr 2004
Posts: 1305
Location: Canada,France, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Greenland, Canada, Mongolia, Ethiopia next

PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you type in Shadowing in Google you get several detailed descriptions of how to use it. I would say that I used it once a lesson for as long as it took to read the passage, have them read the passage with me, have the students read to a partner and vice versa and then sometimes have one student read to the class. Probably about 15 mintues at the beginning and getting quicker over time. They often asked me to read it again for a last time just to pick up on words with different or difficult pronunciation. We were working on the listening test for IELTS and used material from various already prepared series.

For the students with the most difficulty, I taped the classes and let them take it home to listen over and over.

I have now discovered I have "Notebook" on my Mac and often record the reading and send it to students with computers for homework.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Teacher Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Adult Education All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Teachers College, Columbia University: Train to Teach English Here or Abroad
SIT

This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2011 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group