Key Issues in Listening Pedagogy in the Second Language Classroom

  • Suzanne Graham
  • Denise Santos


In this chapter our aim is to introduce some of the important questions underpinning listening in a second language, what we have called ‘Key Issues’. These also include a consideration of the role of listening in L2 learning more broadly. When presenting these key issues we outline what we might call models of second language listening, in other words, how researchers have tried to explain some of the process it involves. We also discuss the views of some authors regarding what contributes to effective listening more broadly, which are not so much ‘models’ as ‘approaches’ to listening. In both cases we discuss what issues these raise for pedagogy. The chapter also presents important findings from research about certain aspects of learners’ difficulties in, and beliefs about, listening, and their implications for pedagogy. The chapter ends by underlining the importance of all the key issues discussed for preparing learners to listen beyond the classroom.


Extensive Listening Listening Event Language Classroom Listening Pedagogy Effective Listening 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Suzanne Graham and Denise Santos 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne Graham
    • 1
  • Denise Santos
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK
  2. 2.Independent ScholarUK

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