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Listening Guidelines for English Language Learners

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A recent blog post from AFB (American Federation for the Blind) focuses on listening guidelines for English Language Learners who are blind or visually impaired.  This post uses excerpts from a webinar presented by Madeline Milian and lists the following guidelines:

  1. Match listening activities to the student's English proficiency level.
  2. Develop lessons around environmental sounds.
  3. Teach key phrases that will help the student solicit clarification.
  4. Learn the basic difference between students' native language and English.
  5. Teach key questions.
  6. Connect listening with literacy skills.
  7. Pay attention to your wait time.
  8. Use appropriate rate of speech.


This excerpt is part of an entire webinar series based on Learning to Listen/Listening to Learn: Teaching Listening Strategies to Students with Visual Impairments from AFB Press. 

Posted on September 9, 2013
Updated on: November 30, 2020