How to listen better? How to help your adult students hear English when they can’t comprehend a word?
Your adult students can be of different levels (from false beginners to advanced) but they can be grouped according to one simple problem -> they suffer from bad hearing and listening to the language or not. There are some students who can’t even recognize the words in listening which they already know.
TEACH PRONUNCIATION AND THE ASPECTS OF THE CONNECTED SPEECH
Teach your students the features of connected speech (assimilation, catenation, elision, intrusion etc.). Teach target language in chunks, so your students see how the words are connected. If students struggle with longer phrases, try the technique of back-chaining, starting from the last sound and working up to the whole sound bit by bit. For example with ‘Where do you come from?’ you drill /‘frum’ ‘kumfrum’ ‘dz-kumfrum’ ‘where-dz-kumfrum’/.
When students are aware of the difficulties connected speech may cause with listening, they will understand the stream of speech better.