The case for combining narrow reading and listening

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Harumi Kimura, Temple University Japan and Vick Ssali, Nanzan University



This paper explores the benefits of combining narrow reading and listening in instructional contexts. Topic familiarity has been found to be helpful for vocabulary learning as well as reading and listening comprehension. Reading and listening on a familiar topic make it possible to use specific background knowledge and  recycle language learned in context. To demonstrate how purposely enriched contextual knowledge can be advantageous for learners learning to read and listen, we report on a course coordination project based on the idea of narrow input. From this project emerged two recommended pedagogical approaches: presenting information from specific to general and with both spoken and written input together on a single topic.