Listening Skill Development of Kindergarten

Miss Kannika Sawangprasert
Satit  Pattana  school
Thailand

Background  and   problems:

Listening skill is one of the most important skills that a child has to acquire in learning, working and living in society. It is very essential to be developed in the early years of life.  Being a teacher of kindergarten III students at Satit Pattana shool, a big and famous private school situated in a suburb of Bangkok, Thailand which is fully equipped with educational facilities and with innovative principles on education, the school is expected to yield exceptional educational result from parents. To respond to this need, I have found out one critical need among students, the need for listening skill development. Fortunately, the school started to implement LS/PLC concepts to support  teachers  to redesign lessons  by  employing  5- step Learning  Process   and  Group  Activity to increase  active  and  collaborative  learning.  Consequently, I decided to focus on students’ listening skill development.

The study objective :

To study the outcome of  listening  skill  development  of  kindergarten III students  by  redesigning  lessons  with  5- step  Learning  Process  and  Group  Activity   through LS/PLC.

Target Group :

24  Kindergarten III students

Study Instruments

  1. Listening Skill Observation Guidelines Form
  2. 3 Redesigned Lesson Plans
  3. Teacher  Log  Book

The findings were as follows :

  1. After 3 redesigned lessons by using 5 – step learning process and group activities through LS/PLC, all targeted students had a development in their listening skill. Eight  got a high level of listening skill development scores, while the other16 students got the scores between high and moderate levels.
  2. The students demonstrated four key behaviors of listening skill,

“Be attentive while listening”

“Be prompt to act as message sender and receiver”

“Possess listening etiquette, i.e., be quiet, be polite, with eye contact, no  interruption.”

“Raise questions with appropriate time and manners”.

  1. Working collaboratively with buddy teachers and PLC members supported my professional development effectively. The success derived from practicing LS/ PLC in redesigning the lessons helped teachers to be more professional and inspire students to learn better.

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