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      Leon
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      Try to remember the time when you studied a foreign language at school. What did you study exactly?

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      valich
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      When I studied a foreign language at school, I studied mostly grammar, reading, writing and speaking. Less attention was paid to listening. We did listening tests once or twice a month.

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        irynaroubel
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        It’s a pity that there were not enough opportunities for you to develop listening skills.

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      gabi
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      I’m wondering if there was also a focus on functions (functional language) when you studied a foreign language? And how was phonology taught- as integrated skills or rather as a separate skill?

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      valentinakarpeiko
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      I studied grammar, reading and speaking.There wasn’t any attention to pronounciation.

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        irynaroubel
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        We had the same situation, I suppose.

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      irynaroubel
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      When I studied English, we mostly paid attention to grammar. We didn’t do much listening and didn’t focus on pronunciation either.

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        gabi
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        Many foreign language learners often complain about listening skills being undervalued by their teachers; this is the same for pronunciation. I wonder if this is perhaps because teachers often don’t quite understand what it is that they can teach when they teach listening skills?

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      gabi
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      Yes, it is also rather surprising because listening and speaking skills are typically considered together as the communicative skills. it is rather hard to improve speaking without having opportunities to develop listening skills. would you agree with me?

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        Anja Kroening-Maynard
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        Gabi, I like your point about listening and speaking skills being connected!
        I think language learning methodology has changed over the last decades but is still dependent on cultural determinates.
        Studying Latin as a child there was a clear focus on grammar, vocabulary and reading. Of course studying a modern language speaking and listening are equally important.

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          gabi
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          Anja, what you are saying is so very true! it is a funny thing about teaching methodologies- they come and go, they then return only to be phased out by something that has also already been ;=) the question is- is it the methodology used in the classroom that gives shape to our students’ learning expectations; or, perhaps it is exactly the other way round- it is the students and their expectations that enforce methodological changes? could never really answer this question;=)

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