Those conditions are:What is simulated immersion?Simulated immersion is based on the idea that the best way to improve your listening is to be immersed in the target language in a native
speakingenvironment. In the absence of such an opportunity, we try to simulate the conditions that make immersion favorable.
- Large amounts of time spent simply hearing the language - several hours per week rather than mere minutes spent in a typical class
- Maximal exposure to authentic texts
- Exposure to a wide range of situations and language forms
- Emphasis on bottom up processing to aid in real-life scenarios
This is my daughter listening.
Tom Hayton, freelance teacher and trainer
Hearing versus listening
In class, teachers invariably set tasks to accompany ‘listenings’. This is understandable - it would be a bit weird to simply press play and hope the students got some value from it.
But simply hearing a language - being exposed to it in the background, in the car, on the radio or TV, or in the form of music, for example, is extremely valuable. It’s a much looser, less structured form of practice than is found in class, but it
acclimatizesthe learner to the sound systems and structures of the language. I will call this type of listening passive listening.