Luiz Otávio Barros (MA Hons in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University) has been teaching, training teachers, designing language courses and writing ELT materials since 1992. Formerly academic coordinator at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, where he was responsible for the advanced levels, as well as COTE, DOTE and DELTA tuition, head of research and development at Associação Alumni São Paulo, where he was in charge of the adult segment, and BRAZ-TESOL’s second vice president, Luiz Otávio is co-author of Richmond’s English ID, Identities and the new Young Adult course Personal Best, as well as series editor of Access, published by Richmond Brazil. He has also self-published The Only Academic Phrasebook You’ll Ever Need, available on Amazon.
The communicative era, in its various phases, has turned the "don't worry about what you don't understand" mantra into an article of faith. But ignoring a problem won't make it go away - we know that; our students know that. We owe it to them to find ways to make our listening activities more challenging, productive and effective in the long haul. In this session, I will discuss what this entails in practical terms and how it might impact interlanguage restructuring.