Listening Tips

Listening Tips - Listening Tips Listening- 1 You are often...

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Listening Tips Listening- 1 You are often given false information first that sounds as if it could be the answer to the question. An instance of this is where the information given matches one of the answers, but does not fit the criterion given in the question- the person could be talking about last week, say, when the question asks about next week. The correct information usually, but not always, comes afterward Listening- 2 Nearly right is not the same thing as right; examiners often give information that sounds more or less correct, but is in some way unsatifactory. Adverbs and modals are often used to send you the wrong way; the listening text might use 'She may well be late' and the question 'She will be late'- this is not an exact match and consequently could easily be the wrong answer. It has to be 100% accurate to be right. Listening- 3 In longer listening passages, they often try to lull you into losing concentration by having quite long sections where no information relevant to the exercise is given, then out of the blue they hit you with a couple of answers in quick succession. Listening- 4 Although most longer listening passages begin with an introduction that lets you get into the flow before they start testing you, you cannot depend on this; the first word could in theory be the answer to the first question. Listening- 5 Examiners will often place a word directly from the passage in a wrong answer and use a synonym *[syn.] in the correct answer; check the meaning and do not rely on word recognition to get the right answer. 1. If you can predict the sort of things you are going to listen for during the listening test, you can reduce the amount you need to listen to. At the beginning the IELTS Test there is a 2.5 minute introduction. Use this time to read through the IELTS listening test booklet and try to get a general understanding of what the sections are going to be about – even this simple type of prediction will help you. 2. You don’t need to worry about the instructions until you hear: “ Now we shall begin .” 3. As you scan through the booklet, look for maps, charts or illustrations – these often give you a good idea of what the topic of a section is going to be about. 4. After each section you are given one minute to check your answers. But how can you check your answers if you can’t listen to the tape again? Use this time to scan and get an idea of what the next set of questions are going to be about. 5. Occasionally, you can get an idea about answers to earlier questions by reading later questions. For example: Question 1: “Where are they going?” Question 10: “What time are they coming home from the cinema?”
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Obviously, there’s a good chance that the answer to Question 1 is ‘ Cinema ’. However, you still need to listen to check. Often though, listening to check your predictions is easier than trying to listen for the answer on the tape. 6. Sometimes you are asked to complete a table or a chart using information on the tape. It’s natural to think
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