Resources for Teaching Listening


Taxonomies of Listening Skills

Brown, H. Douglas, & Heekyeong Lee. (2015). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy (4th ed.). Pearson Education.

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Lund, Randall J. (2008). A taxonomy for teaching second language listening. Foreign Language Annals, 23, 105-115.

Richards, Jack C. (1983). Listening comprehension: Approach, design, procedure. TESOL Quarterly, 17, 219-240.


Summary Articles from TESOLidarity


Resources for Teacher Professional Development

ACTFL. (2012). Proficiency Guidelines for Listening.

British Council. (1981). The teaching of listening comprehension.

Byrnes, Heidi. (1984). The role of listening comprehension: A theoretical base. Foreign Language Annals, 17, 317-329.

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning. Foreign language teaching methods: Listening.

Coakley, C. G., & Wolvin, A. D. (1986). Listening in the native language. In B. H. Wing (Ed.), Listening, reading, writing: Analysis and application (pp. 11-42). Middlebury, VT: Northeast Conference.

Field, J. (2008). Listening in the language classroom. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Mendelsohn, D. J., & Rubin, J. (1995). A guide for the teaching of second language listening. San Diego, CA: Dominie Press.

Morley, Joan. (2001). Aural comprehension instruction: Principles and practices. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (3rd ed.) (pp. 69-86). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Nemtchinova, Ekaterina. (2013). Teaching listening. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International.

Nunan, D., & Miller, L. (Eds.). (1995). New ways in teaching listening. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Omaggio Hadley, A. (2001). Teaching language in context (3rd ed.). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Peterson, P. W. (2001). Skills and strategies for proficient listening. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (3rd ed.) (pp. 87-100). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Rost, Michael. (1990). Listening in language learning. London: Longman.

Rost, Michael. (2002). Teaching and researching listening. London: Pearson.

Underwood, M. (1989). Teaching listening. London: Longman.

Ur, Penny. (1984). Teaching listening comprehension. Cambridge: CUP.

Wilson, Donna. (2014). Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management. Edutopia.

Wolvin, Andrew D. (2009). “Listening, Understanding, and Misunderstanding.” In 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook (pp. 137-147). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.