Listening tipsJosé Antonio AlcaldeListening is usually a hard activity for many students. There are some typical difficult...
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Listening tips

  1. 1. Listening tipsJosé Antonio AlcaldeListening is usually a hard activity for many students. There are some typical difficulties:We only have the sound and little extra help (pictures, visuals, context....). This is very artificialin real life (except for listening to the radio or having a telephone conversation) because weoften have other extralinguistic help.We are very stressed in this type of exercisesWe need a lot of attention and concentration for little pieces of informationListening activities are not very frequent and considered an extra for many teachersWe normally cannot ask for repetitions, clarifications, etc.Here are some tips to help you when you are doing some listening activities:BEFOREAnticipate yourself to the listening itself by predicting contents, words, topics,expressions... from the title, pictures, instructions, etc. Brainstorming can help youhere a lot.Read carefully all the directions or questions you have to answer in advanceWHILEIf possible, take notes of important pieces of information to help your memory.Listening activities are usually fast and you will forget easily.Try to concentrate on key words that are important: they usually are repeated allthrough the listening activity.Remember that English is based on stress and not so much on syllables: do notexpect to listen to all the letters and syllables you can see when we write in English.Also remember that words are often linked when we speak and it is important toseparate them.Sometimes sounds are also affected by neighbouring consonants so they can beblended.AFTERRevise your answers before handing back the test.Use common sense and logic when possiblePractice listening at home: listen to TV programs in English, music, podcast,videos...

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