The Practice of Teaching the Listening Skill at Gondar Town Primary Schools: The Case of Grade 8

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Addis Ababa University


This study was conducted to look into how listening lessons are taught and how the listening sub-skills are treated in grade 8 at Gondar town. Class room observation, questionnaire and content analysis of the text book using the listening lessons were used as data collecting tools. Eight teachers were observed, each 3 times, using a checklist. All (30) grade eight English teachers, who were teaching in the 19 schools filled in the questionnaire. The 31 listening lessons in the text book and the teachers guide were also inspected. The data gathered using these tools was quantitatively analyzed using frequencies and percentages. The analyzed data showed that even though the teachers gave room to listening lessons, they failed to manage the listening lessons using the appropriate pedagogical procedures i.e. they did not employ the pre, while and post listening stages or activities and only very few listening sub-skills were practiced. More over the listening tasks were not designed in such a way that students can practice the various sub-skills. Finally, it was recommended that practical in-service trainings on how to teach listening skill should be given to the teachers and the procedures employed to teach the listening skill need to be included in the teacher’s guide.



Teaching the Listening Skill