Portfolio 16: Teaching Listening and Speaking: From Theory to Practice
Jack C Richards
New insights from research and theory have prompted a rethinking of the processes involved in listening. the nature of oral interaction, and a reconsideration of what it means to teach these important components of second language proficiency. In this booklet. Jack C Richards first looks at listening from two different but complementary perspectives: listening as comprehension and listening as acquisition and suggests relevant teaching activities. He then discusses the three functions of talk. i.e., talk as interaction. talk as transaction and talk as performance, and outlines different approaches to
teaching these speech functions.
Jack C Richards is currently Adjunct Professor at SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore. He has taught in different parts of the world including the United States, Canada, New Zealand. Hong Kong, and Indonesia. His many successful texts and teacher training books include New Interchange and Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching.