“LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY, I SHALL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE” - how to spice up your listening lessons and engage your students

Urszula Majdańska-Wachowicz


This iconic ‘Allo ‘Allo! catchphase helps me explain the content of my workshop and the idea behind it. When I was offered to teach listening I was really excited. However, some questions entered my head: Does it mean 90 minutes of non-stop listening every single week? Does it mean 90 minutes of “fill in the gaps”, "multiple choice” exercises all the time? What can I do to make lessons more exciting? What can I do to avoid monotony and boredom in the classroom? Equipped with my creativity, spontaneity mingled with my 20 years of experience in teaching and teacher training, with a little help from you tube, exam sheets, games and quizzes, I did manage to run listening classes in an engaging and interesting way. Thus, the aim of this workshop is to show some good teaching practice: how to take advantage of traditional exam sheets and spice up listening lessons at the same time. I am going to present how to revise listening activities to engage students, how to introduce active listening, and how to maintain a positive mindset in the classroom. The workshop is suitable for university teachers, secondary school teachers, and everyone intrigued by the quote. The workshop is a follow-up to my live lesson “My name’s BOND”.


Urszula Majdańska-Wachowicz has a PhD in Linguistics, an MA in English, an MA in Polish and Journalism. An English teacher since 2003, and a teacher-trainer since 2013, she works at the Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Zielona Góra and at I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Bolesława Krzywoustego in Głogów. She has presented for IATEFL Poland at Szczecin (2016), Bielsko-Biała (2017), Wrocław (2018), and Gdańsk (2019). Also, she has published for IATEFL E-bulletins and IATEFL post-conference journals. In 2021, she ran IATEFL Poland’s 1st live lesson online. In 2022, she conducted another live lesson online for IATEFL Poland.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Workshop
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: EFL education
Presentation Coding: General (GEN) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? No

Scheduled for

Date: Sunday, 2022-09-18, 11:30 - 12:30
Place: Lecture Hall 4.7