in touch with real speech
In touch with real speech

Jungle Listening – Survival Tips for Fast Speech

Jungle Listening is a set of ten units which aim to make students (B2 upwards) familiar and comfortable with the unruliness and messiness of fast speech. They are currently being piloted in Poland, in the Czech Republic and in France. Each of the ten activities focuses on a key phrase which is spoken at a variety of speeds. Students do vocal gymnastics at slow (Greenhouse), medium (Garden) and fast (Jungle) speeds. Every activity is designed to make them feel at home with the extremes of speed in stream of speech.

Contents Page of pilot version


Teacher’s Book – extract

The purpose of Jungle Listening is to teach your students to be familiar and comfortable with English speech of all speeds, so that they can perceive and understand normal everyday speech. There are ten units, each of which focuses on a key phrase. Each unit uses recordings which start in British English, then move to a mix of British and American American English, and then end with listening tasks using recordings of speakers (including non-native speakers) of English from around the world. Each unit has ten sections, in two groups. The first group, sections 1-7, can be taught in two different modes (explained below in Sections 8 & 9 below)) using either (a) the conventional combination of paper (Student pages) and sound files or (b) using paper plus AudioNotetaker. The second group, sections 8-10, again uses the paper Student pages, but requires the use of AudioNotetaker – there are no separate sound files for sections 8-10, as these are embedded in the AudioNotetaker files. I estimate that sections 1-7 of each unit will take about 20 minutes of class time. Adding on the second group – sections 8-10 – will add about another 40 minutes, making an hour in total. Sections 8-10 however, can best be done as homework.