Listening as productive skills: Reinventing classroom tasks

(1) * Dat Bao Mail (School of Education Culture & Society, Monash University, Australia)
(2) Yongde Ye Mail (School of Education Culture & Society, Monash University, Australia)
*corresponding author


The article revisits the role played by listening skills in second language learning by challenging the perception of listening as a receptive skill. It argues that listening can be made productive by incorporating drama in classroom tasks to bring out more productive features of learning. To instantiate the implementation of drama, a listening activity is proposed with a framework. The article opens a new dialogue in scholarly characterisation of language skills through re-visualising what learners can perform during listening tasks as well as how this performance can stretch our conventional thinking about the nature of language practice.


listening skills; receptive; productive; drama; listening activities; perception



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