Listening Practice Techniques

In order to practice English listening skills, we recommend three things:

1.Good listening materials

short, realistic, a little higher than your level

Podcasts are great for practicing listening.

Check out these websites for audio practice.

Videos can also be useful for improving skills.

Many textbooks have audio recordings and exercises.


2.Background information

know something about the topic beforehand

Prepare your mind by thinking about the topic ahead of time.

Think about vocabulary you might encounter.

Predict what language and information you might hear.


3.Techniques for Practice

Listen for general and specific information

Listen the first time to get the gist (general idea)

Listen a second time for specific details.

Have a purpose or something to listen for

Listen a third time to review what you have learned.

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