When English EFL language learners have listening comprehension problems it can be depressing. If you use videos, CDs or audio cassette tapes, or even perhaps when speaking your learners can have their lesson input interrupted by English Notes a lack of listening comprehension skills. Comprehensible input (Krashen, 1989) is an integral part of any English or foreign language class.

Contributing Factors

These seven factors can directly or indirectly bring about your learners' listening comprehension skills and comprehension.

1. Vocabulary

ELT author, researcher and lecturer Scott Thornbury said, ". count one hundred words of a (reading) passage. If more than ten of the test is unknown, the text has less than a 90% vocabulary recognition rate. It's not therefore, unreadable." (S. Thornbury, 2004) The same then is likely true a listening passage. Remember, "You can never be too rich, too thin or have enough foreign language vocabulary" as the phrase goes.

2. Rhyming Sounds

Have you ever taught or learned songs? If so, you'll remember that available types of rhyming patterns which may be placed. Alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance and consonance, simile, metaphor and allusion, among others, all lend specific ambience to written or spoken language in French.

Note: If you care or desire a quick refresher on these poetic elements, you should read, "How to Evoke Imagery, Emotions and Ideas in Writing Poetry That Captures Your readers Imagination" and "How to write Poems That Capture heart and soul and Imagination of Your Readers" the particular author. (L.M. Lynch, 2007)

3. Idioms and Expressions

In every language there are a frequently-used idioms and expressions that allow its speakers to convey nuances of thought to one another effortlessly therefore greater clarity that simply "explaining" everything verbally. It means helpful learn as a great number of as possible, but should don't, the meanings many conversations or spoken exchanges may just be "lost" for the listener.

4. Pronunciation

Everyone speaks differently and uses forms of connected speech in distinctive ways. Elements including elision, contraction, juncture, liaison, register, accommodation, aspect, intonation and others, affect pronunciation and speech patterns on an individual basis. When learners are unfamiliar, or even ignorant of, these elements, listening comprehension can be significantly afflicted.

5. Regional or National Accents

The same sentence when spoken by people from different first language (L1) backgrounds, regional locations, or ethnic backgrounds can be decisively varied. Unfamiliarity with such on the a part of EFL learners can cause a definite connected with listening comprehension or "comprehensible input" as mentioned earlier.

6. Grammar in Context

When grammar and its aspects are taught as "separate" themes, that is, outside of some relevant context, learners could be "handicapped" as it were by lacking the knowledge of just when and how particular grammar structures are suggested by native speakers during an oral discourse or verbal exchange. So when they, the learners, hear a grammar structure that they "know", but learned "out of context", they can often "miss it", misinterpret it or hardly understand what they are hearing.

7. Language Rhythms

One of the big differences between English and say, Spanish, constantly one language is "syllable-based" while one other is "accent-based". This is answerable to non-native speakers sounding "funny" when speaking a language other than their mother tongue.

With epithets like, "oh, she luv-ed him but chew-no it wuzn't not no guud, mahn for demm cruise ship."

These associated with epithets derive not from a lack of English or another foreign vocabulary skills in particular, but rather from pronunciation based on using an "incorrect" spoken language beats.