What is it?
Getting groups of children together to take part in listening can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools. This is where the Group Listener comes in handy, a quality audio device to give the children an ideal focal point for them to fully appreciate speaking and listening time. Powered by mains or battery, it can easily take learning outdoors.
You’ll be able to play audio books via CD and MP3 files (from USB) loud enough for everyone in the class to hear clearly, giving children the opportunity to experience their favourite stories all together! With ports for up to 6 sets of headphones, a group can concentrate easily by removing some of the distraction from the room too.
How will it help me to teach the curriculum in the classroom?
Listening is a fundamental part of a child’s life, especially throughout their time in education. With speaking and listening firmly rooted in the national curriculum, having a device to help support this is key. As children begin and move along their journey to becoming independent learners, the building blocks of their listening skills will help them to reproduce information accurately, refine their understanding of grammar and develop their own vocabulary in the process.
By using the Group Listener with its obvious audio capabilities but also its microphone input – it’s possible to work on all areas of speaking and listening with any given group. Throughout key stages 1 or 2, the Group Listener can be the focal point of lessons that reach learning outcomes directly in line with the curriculum, such as:
- Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
- Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
- Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
- Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
- Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including; expressing feelings
- Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
- Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
- Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
- Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
- Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
- Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
- Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication
Find out more about our Group Listener range here.