Building Listening Skills

The second or foreign language listening curriculum cannot focus only on buying the right books and tapes. Skill building in listening comprehension is not something that can be accomplished in a half-hour lesson three times a week, nor can attention to listening be limited to language laboratory tapes. Listening, the language skill used most in life, needs to be a central focus—all day, every day—limited only by the availability of the target language in the school, the community, and the media.

Joan Morley
Aural Comprehension Instruction: Principles and Practices
[In Marianne Celce-Murcia, Ed., Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (3rd ed.).
Heinle & Heinle, 2001.]