Listening, research and reporting skills

By: Ros Lewis
Teacher at Launceston College

A Tasmanian Student with Her Computer

Aims: Students will listen, choose main points and report back to group or class.

  1. The teacher introduces the 8 topics briefly; students in each pair choose a topic.
  2. Students (in pairs) listen to all 4 videos on their selected topic (i.e., at this stage they use 4 levels of difficulty and get 4 points of view. They hear the script even if they cannot read it.
  3. Reporting back: Students report to class orally, summarising the opinions of the 4 speakers they listened to.


  • Students practise “note-taking” — they write down the main points and summary, as directed in the Level 3 and 4 activities.
  • Students develop a “mind map” which could be used as a basis for further activities.
  • In doing a Negotiated Study, this is a useful resource for students who can’t get started on a topic, can’t read very well or can’t find anyone to interview.
  • The class discusses the technique of using actors to portray real characters (docu-drama). Is it honest? How do we know what is real? Does it matter?
  • Fact & opinion: What is the difference? Use videos and scripts as examples.
  • Compare this resource with a newspaper or magazine.

Motivation & satisfaction for students come from:

  • Immediate feedback within the program.
  • Becoming aware that they have developed new skills
  • Working with computers; working in pairs or groups.


Idea Map graphic

Source: Tasmanian’s English Learning Area