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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. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 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". – Damkerng T. Oct 9 '14 at 17:02
  • How can the book 'feature' what my brain receives from my sensory organs? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 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... – kevinbatchcom Oct 10 '14 at 16:45

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"? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 at 16:54
  • @TimRomano, Maybe there's a CD pasted into the back cover? – The Photon Oct 9 '14 at 22:06
  • Argghhh! You beat me to it! I was just about to say, "Maybe it's an audiobook." – Scott Oct 9 '14 at 22:07
  • In fact the Amazon description says "with free audio CD". – The Photon Oct 9 '14 at 22:08
  • But sensations are in the person, not in the content. "I'm having a strange sensation". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 9 '14 at 22:29

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