Salam to all!!!
The listening medium is of a paramount importance in language learning be it the mother tongue or a foreign language. The learner thus is supposed to be exposed to the right model of any language supposed to be learnt, starting with listening.
But listening can have various ways, leading all to the same target.
The listening scripts of our official books are, with no doubt, a far fetched way leading to nothing but pupils’ annoyance and loss of concentration and attention. This is why it would be a great error of ours if we follow the course book slavishly. Devising listening activities of one’s own making is an unavoidable effort of each conscious teacher wanting the set objective to be achieved successfully. As for the 4AM classes, the listening activity as a planned step in the sequences of all files can be avoided since at all the stages of the lesson the teacher is supposed to speak English, exposing the pupils to the language and thus making them relatively acquire as much language exponents as the teacher expects.
I do agree that former students acquired a good mastery of English through the ‘Practice and Progress’ text book since it was mainly based on a high grammar and commonly used idioms. But the present and former trends do greatly differ along with the students’ levels and preoccupations. I do insist on the necessity of the teachers’ effective participation in designing the text books responding to the real needs of the ALGERIAN learner “not l’algerois”, which would certainly be a long term process but of a fruitful end.
No one ignores this evidence, but will those who are still turning up a deaf ear hear one day?!?!?!
Maybe some hearing aids would be needed and I wonder what they would be like!