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Skills for the IELTS Listening Module

In the IELTS listening module, the recording is played once only. You must, therefore, use a number of strategies to help you listen closely. You will need four main skills to do well in the IELTS Listening Module. These Are:

  • Understanding the instruction
Instructions are both written on the question paper and spoken on the tape. read and listen to every word in the instruction very carefully. Ensure that you follow them exactly and answer in the correct way.
  • Previewing and predicting
An announcer will briefly outline:

1. The Topic            2. Who is Talking   3. The situation

Try to listen carefully as this will help you to preview the question.

Before the recording begins for each section, you will be given up to 30 seconds to read and become familiar with the question. Use this time efficiently so that you can prepare your self to listen for the information you need.

Here some hint for previewing and predicting:
  • 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 number or omissions
In addition to the seconds before each section. you will also be given 30 seconds after each section to look over your answer. If you are satisfied with your answer in the section you have just finished, move on to the next section and use the full 60 seconds for previewing.
  • Listening for specific information
use of previewing and predicting skills will help you listen for the specifics information you need to answer the question in the Listening Module. Listening for key words and common connective word often help to signal the specifics information that you need in order to answer the question. Make sure that while you are actually writing your answers, you continue to listen to the information given in the recording as there will not be a second opportunity to hear it.
  • Checking and Rewriting
You are given about 30 seconds after each section to check your answer. Check that all your answer correspond with the given instructions.

Make sure that you have answered every question. Marks are not deducted for incorrect answer so, if you are unsure of a particular answer, you should guess by writing down what you think is the most likely answer.

Check that you have included only wgat is necessary in the answer. At the end of the Listening Module, you are given about 10 minutes to transfer your answer from the question paper onto the answer sheet. Scan your answer to ensure that you have transferred them correctly, so that the number on the question paper corresponds with the number on the answer sheet. Be especially carefull when transferring answer from tables as sometimes the items are not ordered linearly.

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