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notetaking resources

  • 03/23/2014 2:26 PM
    Message # 1523171
    I've posted this to some TESOL forums, so apologies for cross-posting (I eventually will share a compiled list):

    In my ongoing pursuit of teaching notetaking, I am looking for 15-minute (more or less) lectures that are structured like a classroom lecture. Due to their very nature, TED Talks are usually too fast, and have too little repetition of ideas (though I use them for other related purposes, such as looking only for answers to particular questions from within the talk) to work well.

    I would also be happy to have a transcript that I could use to produce the lecture myself.

    My students are in the top level of Academic ESL (combined reading and listening-speaking). In other words, they are about to enter the world of real academic lectures. I find that their ability to listen, understand, and take notes at an advanced level is still weak.

    I have lectures with our text (Academic Connections), but there are tapescripts in the back (good for some purposes, but sometimes leave students unprepared for lectures that don't provide this). With permission, I also use excerpts from an excellent out-of-print text (Comprehending Academic Lectures, by Mary Ruetten) and an occasional adapted example from another good text, "Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn."

    I have been searching for transcripts, but so far haven't found much (a) that isn't either too long or (b) that requires in-depth knowledge of a particular topic. I have been looking at ways to use only a portion of a lecture, but haven't done that yet.

    I would be interested in any topic, but am most interested in (because these topics are in the text we are using that I don't yet have good supplementary lectures for) business/leadership, nanotechnology, innovation, and forest fires (or maybe other ecology-oriented themes). I do have TED talks or other broadcasts for most of these, but not the type of organized, somewhat repetitive lectures typical of a classroom, and that also fit into a 15-minute format. (Slightly over or under 15 minutes would also work - I just like to have time to repeat the lecture three times within an hour.)

    Any help on this would be welcome.

    Karen Stanley
    Central Piedmont Community College
    Charlotte, North Carolina

Georgia TESOL

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