What IELTS Listening Practice is Key to scoring at least 8.0?
What IELTS Listening Practice is Key to scoring at least 8.0?
Arguably, IELTS listening is perhaps the most difficult section for non-native speakers of English language. It’s not uncommon in listening situations such as lectures, conversations, movies, series, soaps, to hear from listeners, expressions such as “could you come again”, “oh no, I missed that..”, “I wish I could have him repeat his words..”, to mention a few. Well, it all boils down to the fact that English is not your first language, and sometimes, you might need to first translate within your head English expressions to local language, and then back to English language. It doesn’t have to be so! If you must score high (between 7.0 and 9.0) in the listening section of your IELTS exam, here are few important things you should start doing immediately:
- Familiarize With The Nature Of IELTS Listening Questions
You should know that IELTS listening comprises of four sections. The first section is about an everyday conversation such as boarding a bus, resuming to school, going for shopping, and so on. The second section is a monologue in which one person talks about a particular topic like the benefits of working at home. The third section is usually a conversation involving two to four people in an academic setting. The conversation may be focused on topics such as merits and demerits of group study versus private study, the best way to search for a job, etc. The fourth section is a monologue on any academic topic like corporate social responsibility. In order to get acquainted with the nature of lELTS listening section, you might want to download a few sample questions by reading about What IELTS Sample Questions Look Like.
- Effective IELTS Listening Practice Requires Listening To Recordings
In order to score high in your IELTS listening and because the recordings will be played to you only once in the exam, you have got to listen as many times as possible to recordings in your practice tests. But, it’s not just that! You must do the following in the course of listening to the audio.
- Start with the topics most interesting to you. Research has shown that we listen better to things we want to hear. If you love pets, listen to podcasts on caring for pets. If you love business, watch videos on starting a business or why businesses fail. This is a great way to start honing your listening skills.
- Circle the keywords in the questions on the question sheet. This will enable you to focus on the keywords and their synonyms. You will be able anticipate and recognize them easily when the speaker mention them in the recording.
- Practice listening in different situations such as watching movies, listening to news, attending webinars that are truly meaningful to you, just to mention a few. Focus on pronunciations and intonations. Use subtitles only if you have to.
- Above all, identify your weakness in the course of listening. For example, if you find that you think in your local language while listening, the process of translating in your head from your local language to English can be impede your listening pace. You have got to be thinking in English.
- Use Audio Scripts In IELTS Listening Practice
The use of the recording scripts can be extremely beneficial to you. How? Scripts are the word-for-word written texts of the recordings you listen to. There are couple of things you can do with them.
- First, you can start by listening to the audio and jotting down your notes without looking at the scripts. After that, you can then check the scripts for accuracy and make corrections.
- Read the scripts aloud and then listen to the audio. Make comparison and check for the accuracy of pronunciations (accents) and intonations (emphases) of words.
- Read along while listening to the audio. With this, you will be able to build a strong connection with the accents of the words exactly as used by the native speakers, and their intonations. Also, check for the synonyms of the keywords.
- The Power Of Synonyms In IELTS Listening
Synonyms are words that mean the same thing with your keyword. For example, synonyms of “succeed” are “triumph”, “flourish”, “do well” and so on. It’s super important to sharpen your vocabulary before you take your IELTS exam. Knowing the synonyms of many words will help in not just the IELTS Listening, but in other sections. How can you improve on your knowledge of synonyms?
It’s really very simple. But first, you should know that you can’t improve your vocabulary by cramming words. The most effective way to improve your IELTS vocabulary is by identifying and using the words on daily basis. You will have to start reading passages on the following IELTS hot topics: Media and Advertising, Environment, Economics, Government, Transport, Tourism, Employment, Science and Technology, Food, Habits, Education and Crime. While reading any passage, check for the meaning of the words you don’t understand and then keep an eye on them when you are doing other things. If you can do this every day, at least in the period designated for your IELTS prepping, you will improve not just in your IELTS Listening, but also in other sections of the IELTS exam.
- Little Mistakes Can Make A Big Difference In Your IELTS Listening
Avoidable mistakes such as writing singular form of a word when the speaker mentioned plural form (e.g dog instead of dogs), omitting unit of measurement (e.g $12 rather than just 12), spelling incorrectly (e.g prononciation instead of pronunciation) and writing more than two words when the question specifies two words (e.g three different committees instead of just three committees) can account for the difference between a 6.5 and a 7.5 IELTS score. Hence, beware!
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