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IELTS Listening - What You Need to Know

Lesson Plan for second week of IELTS listening class
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Mark Moran

on 16 September 2010

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Transcript of IELTS Listening - What You Need to Know

IELTS
Listening week 2 - What is IELTS? International English Language Testing System The IELTS exam is given around the world. The IELTS test assesses the language level needed to work or study in a country where English is spoken. The test is given in 4 parts
1. Listening
2. Reading
3. Writing
4. Speaking What is the format for the listening portion of the IELTS? 1. You will hear a number of recorded conversations and dialogues in the English language, in a variety of accents 3. You will be given time to read through the questions on the IELTS listening test before you hear the audio. mostly australian and english they only give you 30 seconds! use this time to analyze the topic and information in the tape what you need to know 2. The IELTS listening test usually lasts around half an hour to 40 minutes. There are four parts with 10 questions each.

When the test ends, you will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers from your test paper to your answer sheet. Section 2:

Here you will hear a monologue though it may include a second speaker asking questions in order to stimulate the monologue.
The monologue is divided into 2 parts.
You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear. 1. conversation between 2 people (10 questions) But first, let's have a conversation 2. a 2-part monologue (10 questions) 3. A 2-part conversation between 2, 3 or 4 people (10 questions) 4. a 2-part monologue (10 questions) Section 1:

Here you will listen to a conversation between 2 people.
The conversation is divided into 2 parts.
You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear.
At the start of section 1 you will have an example read out to you and then explained. This is then repeated when the listening starts properly. Section 3:

Here you will listen to a conversation between 2, 3 or 4 people.
The conversation is divided into 2 parts.
You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear. Section 4:

Here you will hear a monologue though it may include a second speaker asking questions in order to stimulate the monologue.
The monologue is divided into 2 parts.
You have to answer 10 questions based on what you hear. 1. Understanding Instructions



2. Previewing and Predicting (P/P)



3. Listening for Specific Information



4. Checking and re-writing Previewing means gathering as much information about the answers as you can before you actually hear the audio Predicting means to determine the meaning of something before it is presented to you -- to know something in advance. but they will only play the audio ONCE! Main Skills you should develop to do well on the listening portion of the IELTS 1. Written on the test paper
2. Spoken on the audio recording read every word VERY carefully! the announcer will give important information about the topic, and speakers and the situation! What information will you have before the audio begins? 1. The topic (announcer, questions)
2. People speaking (announcer)
3. The situation (announcer)
4. Type of information (questions) } use this information to ANTICIPATE
what you will need for your answer dates, numbers, names, locations Example: 1. In what year did the Department of Education develop the policy initiative allowing for the relocation of funds towards supplemental continuing education programs? = _ 1. In what year did the Department of Education develop the policy initiative allowing for the relocation of funds towards supplemental continuing education programs? - this question is asking for a date! anticipate = predicting / previewing Hints for Previewing and Predicting REMINDER:
Use those 30-60 seconds carefully! Study the question carefully and try to predict what type of answer is required. For example, will it be a date, a name or maybe a number?

Check the differences between similar-looking pictures or diagrams.

Look for minor details such as different numbers or omissions. 30 seconds (preview) listen / answer 30 seconds (review) 30 seconds (review) 30 seconds (preview) listen / answer } 60 seconds what is the goal of P/P? to learn as much as you can about the answers key words common connective
words Writing and Listening at the same time Important Skill! Let's practice with a game! Rules: 1. Each person/team has a word-type (noun, verb or adjective)

2. You will listen to some text. Write down all the words of your type listening.

3. The group/person who gets all of their words correctly gets a point

4. The first group or person to 3 points wins! unique and unusual words (usually nouns or verbs) that help you know when the answer is coming up in the audio meaning words that connect or create as association between two ideas or statements Addition
Sequence
Contrast
Consequence
Certainty
Condition
Definition
Summary
Example
Reason
Time you need to understand the MEANING of what is being asked and what is being said. There are no "tricks" to understanding.

Keywords and connective words are a tool, but only if you already understand what they are asking. confirm your answers. ALWAYS look at them again. Make sure you ... 1. Answer ALL questions

2. Only write what is asked

3. Use the transfer time You get no deductions for wrong answers so if you don't know, GUESS. If they ask for 3 words or less, then don't use 4! After the listening portion you have 10 minutes to move your answers from the question sheet to the answer sheet.

Be CAREFUL and review your answers to make sure they are right. Lets watch a video! Homework:

Memorize the connective words (test on Sunday!)

Announcement:

Next week's listening (Thursday) class moved to this Sunday
Next week's speaking (Friday) class moved to next Saturday

9/23 9/19
9/24 9/25
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