Issues and Strategies in Improving Listening Comprehension in a Classroom

Khalid I. Al-Nafisah


Language is an important aspect of communication in our everyday life. Students must be trained to be cognizant of the semantic and syntactic domains of language. More importantly, they have to be aware of how language is used, as well as its different variations and linguistic twists. Listening, in particular, is the most demanding of all the language skills, as it is a vital discovery that enable students unmask creative ways in which language is pronounced and comprehended. This study explores the existing teaching methodologies applied to teach Listening skills to students of English Department at the College of Languages and Translation, King Saud University, Riyadh. The paper presents the difficulties encountered by students when learning the listening skill. Based on the expertise and practice of teaching the listening skill, it suggests new techniques which can be implemented to improve students' performance. It concludes with suggestions to teachers to implement the new techniques in order to allow the students to grasp the listening skill more effectively.

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