IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies
With an increasedfocus on the role of listening replaced by theories and models which comprehension in the language acquisition proemphasize the creativity of the learner in the cess, there is a great needfor foreign and second production phase. Labelled "creative construclanguage educators to provide authentic tion" by some theorists (Littlewood, 1984) , these learning materials which will augment the increasingly influential models of second landevelopment of listening comprehension skills.
... rehension skills. guage acquisition posit the following: As a result In this article, the author suggests auditory cloll! of natural processing strategies and exposure to exercises as one way to aid the process of the second language in situations where real developing listening comprehension. The communication is occurring, the learner consuggested exercises are similar to written . structs a series of internal representations of the cloll!-where words are systematically deleted second language system, and, on the condition from a text at intervals determined by the that the proper kind of exposure takes place, the instructor-with one notable exception: learner's internal representations will gradually Auditory cloze omits fewer words. Passages for develop in predictable stages toward native auditory cloze exercises can be prerecorded on speaker competence. audio tape, video tape, or read "live" in the classroom. In addition to discussing the auditory cloll! procedure, the author provides sample exercises (French, German, and Spanish) with guidelines for their instructional use. Spring 1988 21 Journal of Educational Techniques and Technologies