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Tips and strategies to improve academic listening.

Tips and strategies to improve academic listening.

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  • 1. GuidedIndependentLearningWorkshop 1
  • 2. This Guided Independent Learning session aimsto enable you to: Analyse your needs. Set goals for and plan your self study. Review and select SAC support materials. Develop a strategy to track your progress. Prepare for different listening exam formats. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 2
  • 3. What is your main problem with listening? I feel anxiousThe lecturer I dont know I feel sleepy whenspeaks too enough during long listening to fast vocabulary lectures English Different I can only get It’s hard to listen lecturers have main ideas but / think / write at different not the details the same time pronunciation CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 3
  • 4. 1. Why do you need to improve your listening?2. How do you usually practice listening?3. What resources do you use? CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 4
  • 5. Why do you need to improve your listening? General Business Academic English English English To enjoy movies To do To understand and songs in business with English lectures and foreigners take better To listen to To work for a notes the news on multinational BBC or CCN company To speak with To work foreigners overseas To use the internet CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 5
  • 6. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 6
  • 7. Every time you listen to something you should have agoal.What is the main Vocabularytopic of the text? ???What is the speaker’sargument? Organisation Global and structure ListeningWhat is the speaker’sposition? Pronunciation Grammar Usage CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 7
  • 8. Every time you listen to something you should have agoal. keyWhat is the mainvocabulary text? Vocabularytopic of thefor thetopic? ???What is the speaker’sDoes the speaker useargument? Organisation Global and structureany useful phrases? ListeningWhat is the speaker’sposition? Pronunciation Grammar Usage CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 8
  • 9. Every time you listen to something you should have agoal.How does the speakerWhat is the main keyorganisethefor ideas?vocabulary text? Vocabularytopic of their thetopic? ??What linking devices is the speaker’sdoes the speaker use?Does the speaker useargument? Organisation Global and structureany useful phrases? ListeningHow does the speakerWhat is the speaker’sbuild their argument?position? Pronunciation Grammar Usage CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 9
  • 10. Every time you listen to something you should have agoal.What does the speakerHow is the main the tenses does keyspeaker use, andvocabulary text? Vocabularytopic of thefor ideas?organise their thewhy?topic? ???What linking devicesWhat is the speaker’sDoesdoesspeaker use?argument?the speakerHow thedoes use Organisation and structureany useful possibility?talk about phrases? Global ListeningWhat does the speakerHow is the speaker’sposition? argument?build their Pronunciation Grammar Usage CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 10
  • 11. Every time you listen to something you should have a goal.How does thedoes theWhat does the speaker tenses speakerHow is the main keyspeaker use, andpronounce key ideas?vocabulary text? Vocabularytopic of thefor theorganise theirwhy?topic?vocabulary?What linking devicesWhat is the speaker’sDoesdoes the speakerHow theHow doesspeaker use?does useargument?the speaker Organisation and structureany useful possibility?talk about phrases?use connected Global ListeningWhat does the speakerHow isspeech? the speaker’sposition? argument?build theirHow do rhythm andstress affect the Pronunciation Grammar Usagemessage? CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 11
  • 12. Every time you listen to something you should have agoal.How do the main thisHow is youkey tenseswant theWhat does the speaker doeslisteningthefor ideas?vocabulary developorganise to text?topic of use, andspeaker pronouncespeaker their the Vocabularyyourvocabulary?why? listening skill?topic?key ???What linking devicesWhat is the speaker’sDoesdoesspeaker use?argument?the speakerHow does thedoes theHow use Organisation and structureany useful possibility?talk about phrases?speaker use Global ListeningWhat does the speakerHow is thespeech?connected speaker’sposition? argument?build theirHow do rhythm andstress affect the Pronunciation Grammar Usagemessage? CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 12
  • 13. When you listen, it is important to be able to takenotes. These are your record of what the speaker said,so you need to take note of: The aim is to The speaker’s The main ideas have notes argument that give you an accurate record of what the speaker The Facts and said. supporting figures evidence CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 13
  • 14. You can make notes more quickly and efficiently if youdevelop your own shorthand. < ≈ = >less than approximately equals greater than re: cf.leading to regarding compared with therefore CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 14
  • 15.  Summary style notes give the main points of the lecture. Responsive style notes give less detail, and more of your feelings, reactions and ideas on what has been said.When do you use each type and why? CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 15
  • 16. What type of listening resources do you prefer to work with? Computer CD/Cassette DVD Remember, the AV Suite (AB406) is a dedicated study place to practice listening. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 16
  • 17. The SAC has many books with audio CD or DVD. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 17
  • 18. There are a wide range of resources available to help you improve your listening.Explore the shelves Consult the Guide to Use EASE for self- in the SAC for SAC and the SAC paced, guided practice materials Website for lecture listening for academic recommendations practice. listening. Your CELE tutor will Use the VSAC Get familiar with the give you lots of recommended exam format, advice aboutacademic listening instructions and strategies and websites. time limits! resources. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 18
  • 19.  Many academic lectures of around 20 minutes on a great variety of subjects. Interactive transcripts are available. Subtitles (English, Chinese and many more…but they are not always perfect!!). Lectures are downloadable to phone/mp3 player.http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/howard_rheingold_on_collaboration.html Listen to the first 3:05 minutes and take notes. Use the interactive transcript to check if you understood. What do you think of the presenter and his ideas? Discuss with a friend. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 19
  • 20. You can turn the full transcript on and off You can turnsubtitles on You can watch and off other lectures with similar themes CELE Continuing Support Programme 20
  • 21. http://www.abc.net.au/learn/The ABC Learn site has a large variety of usefullistening (and other) resources. English and Literacy Australia Network – Learning English English Bites or Nexus (for General English) or The Business of English (for Business English) or Study English and Passport to English (for IELTS)The ABC also has a vast amount of current affairs, tvprogrammes, documentaries, presentations, etc thatyou can watch and listen to. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 21
  • 22. • Be well prepared - know the exam format, tasks and timing.• Read directions/instructions VERY carefully. E.g. Where do you write the answers? How many words are expected? Full sentences?• Read the questions VERY carefully. Be sure of the task.• Answer EVERY question.• Pace yourself, stay alert and calm. Don’t waste time and linger on a problematic question, move on so you don’t lose track. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 22
  • 23. You need to be very clear about the structureand format e.g.IELTS test - 4 modules (R/L/S/W) TOEFL iBT test - 4 sections (R/L/S/W)Listening section Listening SectionLength: 40 minutes Part 1: 4-6 lectures (6 questions each)4 parts: Transactional conversation to lecture Part 2: 2-3 conversations (5 questions each) Length: 60-90 minutesTry to get some past papers and get used tothe format of the test. If you know what you’reexpected to do during the exam you can focuson listening during the test. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 23
  • 24. • It takes a lot of regular practice to prepare for a listening exam.• There’s no value in studying the night before the exam.• Advance preparation will help you feel prepared and confident. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 24
  • 25. Your listening will improve more quickly if you hear English often – aim to do extra listening every day: films, TV series, news, songs, anything!Watch movies But makeand listen to sure music in you also do English focused for fun and listening enjoyment. practice for your exam. CELE Guided Independent Learning Workshop 25