Tips for setting
up a “listening corner”
Set up a ‘listening
corner’ somewhere – either in your own class or in the language laboratory.
Copy each tape from the
master onto a new tape. (Some tapes and CDs have several stories on each so
Remove the ‘copy
protection’ tab, so the students don’t record over the tape.
Number each book and
tape (not just the box)
Colour code the tape and
book by level for easy identification.
Put it and the book
together in a sealable packet with its number and colour.
Arrange the packets in
boxes, or on shelves for display.
Make a check-out report
card to record borrowed and returned tapes.
Ensure each tape player
has its own headphone socket (not all do nowadays).
Maybe have a
multi-headphone unit attached so multiple users can listen at once.
Make sure tape recorders
have a counter, so they can go back easily.
coming back – sometimes students forget them and bring only the box, or put in
a different tape.
Record to MDs if you
prefer. More students have a tape player than MD at home (even nowadays).
Some teachers record the
tapes (as mp3s) to a central server in language labs for individual
downloading and listening.
Make the display corner
attractive. Have posters, student book / tape reviews posted if possible.