IELTS Listening Tips
When you focus on things they improve – this is a fact and for anybody who needs an overall score of say band 7 or 7.5 or an overall score with a minimum of 7 in each part (which is commonly asked for from medical professionals) then the listening part is probably your best bet for a higher band. So here is a strategy that will get your score to a very high band such as band 8 or even band 8.5.
So what is the problem with MCQ in the listening test? Well, the listening test itself is a real exercise in multi-tasking. Not only do you have to listen carefully but you also have to read the questions and write down the answers simultaneously. There is a lot to do. The main focus must be on listening as once this is gone then you cannot retrieve the information.
Anyone who has ever studied a second language in a classroom and then had the experience of speaking with a native speaker in a real conversation can tell you; the real thing is so much harder to understand! You might think that you are fluent in French until you are greeted by your waiter at Huitrerie Regis in Paris and struggle to order the oysters. “Why does he talk so fast!?” You may ask yourself. “What’s up with his accent?” You have just learned first-hand that experiencing a language in the real world outside of the classroom is a lot different than the books and the careful practice conversations.
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When trying to improve skills in listening (this is also true of the reading) see if you can pinpoint where you are making the mistakes and concentrate in these areas in order to increase your IELTS score.
Here are a few ideas to help with the questions
Make sure that you really read the rubric – there are two things you MUST know from this
IELTS listening usually gets the highest marks in any test and is generally the easiest area to improve. You do need to expose yourself to as much listening material as possible, but watching movies is not necessarily the best way to do this (with movies, much of the information you get is visual).
The IELTS listening exam tests for the detail of what you hear not a general overview so improving your skills to pick out detail from a large body of speech is what you need to practice.
You can use language from your listening practice to help with your speaking and vice versa.
The more you practice the speaking the more you will be able to pick up on the listening.
- Can you think about examples of issues you have with either of these skills?
- How have you been preparing for these papers?
Whenever you are listening to English if you find useful expressions and words write them down so that you can use them in your speaking. Don’t restrict your practice to text books, IELTS or otherwise, what you really need is exposure to authentic language. Continue reading