Teaching receptive skills: listening and reading
An important aim of FL teaching in the Secondary school is the development of pupils’ ability to learn and use the FL independently, which of course necessitates the development of the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. While we have chosen to consider the skills under the headings of ‘receptive FL skills’ (listening and reading) in this chapter, and the ‘productive FL skills’ (speaking and writing) in the following chapter, we recognise that a multi-skill approach in which no one skill is taught discretely, usually does and should prevail in the classroom. Successful FLs lessons integrate a number of activities and exercises developing different (FL) skills, which are carefully chosen to build on previous knowledge and understanding. Both listening and reading can be responded to, and writing and speaking need input and modelling from reading and listening to inform their development.