Academic Listening Strategies

 Listening Strategies 
By: Kimberly Zuniga

Intro: There are seven Listening strategies. Those seven strategies include Active Academic Listening, Understanding Listening Purposes, Academic Language Awareness, Providing Quality Objectives, Academic Language Schemata, Content Area think Alouds, and Academic Note Taking. These strategies are important because students who develop their academic listening will also improve their academic comprehension. That being said, students who lack the skills can face serious challenges in developing comprehension.

Active Academic Listening

Two way process between the speaker and students. It helps students develop an arsenal of active listening strategies to keep them engaged and learning effectively.

Ex: Students will hear and hold compound and complex sentences in their mind and make connections and understand related ideas.

Understanding Listening Purposes

This encourages students to be conscious of how they focus their attention.

Ex: Students will be able to articulate their level of listening by asking themselves questions like “Do I recognize the concepts

Academic Language Awareness

It helps students consciously appreciate the ways in which words organize our ideas and help us understand others.

Ex: Students will know how to categorize actions, concepts, and transitions.

Providing Quality Objectives

By providing objectives, the students can know where their attention should be focused and will help clarify expectations.

Ex: The teacher should use SMART (Short term, measurable, action oriented, reviewable, and targeted) objectives.

Academic Language Schemata

Students follow a seven step process and fill out academic language graphic organizer on a daily basis. It will improve knowledge of academic language.

Ex: Creating the seven component graphic organizer about an energy lesson.

Content Area Think Alouds 

By doing think alouds, the teacher helps the student understand a lesson or concept step by step.

Ex: Explaining a math problem step by step using other supporting items such as manipulatives, etc

Academic Note Taking 

Students need to evaluate which information is more significant and take those main ideas to understand or review a concept. This helps students learn and concentrate on the subject on hand.

Ex: Students take notes as a teacher lectures.


It is important that as a teacher, you practice good habits of academic listening so the students learning can increase. If students are able to to focus on the content they will be able to listen to discussions, ask questions, and construct meaning from the lesson.

A good article to look at to learn more on how listening strategies can impact things such as note taking.


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