This listening lesson focuses on content and skills related to

  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Contemporary ESL methodologies
  • Listening for gist and specific details
  • Note-taking from an interview and debate.

Follow along until minute 31:00 as Scott Thornbury interviews Jeremy Harmer in the first part of this session at the New School. Then, complete the exercises in the lesson document.

Communicative Language Teaching

The Communicative Approach is so well-established, it's more or less the default methodology for second language teaching. But where did it come from? How has it evolved? Where does it work? What are its strengths and its weaknesses?


Open the exercise to begin the activity. Follow the instructions in the document.