In this context:

Impact Listening(name of a book) makes listening an active and enjoyable experience for students. While featuring an abundance of natural listening input and a variety of creative activities, Impact Listening leads students to become successful listeners...

What does "input" mean?

  • "Content", possibly. It is jargon.
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 14:58
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    From Macmillan Dictionary, input, sense 2b: "in psychology, information that your brain receives from your eyes, ears, or nerves". Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 17:02
  • How can the book 'feature' what my brain receives from my sensory organs?
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 22:30
  • I think the text means the book comes with a CD that is played to provide auditory input as part of the Impact Listening learning program. I suspect "Impact Listening" is both the book title and the name of the learning program. Thus, the Impact Listening program (not the book itself) features an abundance of natural listening input... Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 16:45

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Educators and therapists often use "input" to mean sensations that the individual perceives with the five external senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste). Educational and therapeutic methods usually involve visual, auditory, and/or tactile "input". As Tim Romano commented, "input" is a jargon term in this context.

  • I found the quoted sentence almost unintelligible. Even with your explanation about therapeutic methods, I'm still having trouble understanding what it says. How would the book feature ..natural listening "sensations"?
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 16:54
  • @TimRomano, Maybe there's a CD pasted into the back cover?
    – The Photon
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 22:06
  • Argghhh! You beat me to it! I was just about to say, "Maybe it's an audiobook." Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 22:07
  • In fact the Amazon description says "with free audio CD".
    – The Photon
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 22:08
  • But sensations are in the person, not in the content. "I'm having a strange sensation".
    – TimR
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 22:29

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