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Listening Comprehension


Students are expected to learn effectively not only through reading, but also through listening to spoken language. Just as students benefit from explicit instruction in reading comprehension, they also benefit from explicit instruction in listening comprehension. Without such instruction, many students struggle to attend to, understand, record, and recall the most important spoken information.


Students who are adept at listening comprehension are able to pay attention to what is being said, pull out the most important ideas, record them effectively, and use their notes and memory to recall them later on. They are prepared to be successful in lecture classes and when directions or assignments are delivered orally.

Content Area Adaptations 

Students should study and practice listening comprehension in any course in which information is delivered through spoken language. When instruction is primarily multimodal or experiential, instruction in listening comprehension is still important but less critical.

Learning Strategies 

  • Connecting
  • Determining Importance
  • Inferring
  • Questioning
  • Synthesizing

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.4
  • CCRA.L.5
  • CCRA.L.6
  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.4
  • CCRA.R.7
  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.2
  • CCRA.SL.3

Content Areas 

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Learning Strands 

  • Listening
  • Numeracy
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Semantic Mapping

“Semantics” refers to the concepts or ideas conveyed by words, and semantic mapping is a process through which students visually depict the ways ideas are connected. Semantic mapping can be used for a text or a unit of study. Through semantic mapping, students are able to represent the relationships among words and concepts, and in doing so...

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis

Cornell Notes

Cornell Notes is a flexible note-taking system that helps students to create organized and useful class notes, and to review and learn from these notes later. It is simple to learn and widely adaptable to multiple contexts.

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis

Town Hall Circle

In this activity, adapted from Facing History and Ourselves, students will participate in a structured discussion. The purpose of the town hall circle is to provide a space for students to share different perspectives. The activity can work with any content area with differing opinions or perspectives.

Lesson Plan Stages 

  • Investigation
  • Reflection