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Hear What People Are Really Saying

Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness, and on the quality of your relationships with others.

For instance:

  • We listen to obtain information.
  • We listen to understand.
  • We listen for enjoyment.
  • We listen to learn.

IELTS General Listening - High Scores

IELTS General Listening

IELTS General Listening requires a high-level of self-awareness

Given all the listening that we do, you would think we would be good at it! In fact, most of us are not, and research suggests that we only remember between 25 percent and 50 percent of what we hear, as described by Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience.

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IELTS General Listening

6 steps to improve your active listening skills

      Step-1) Watch an English Movie for 10 minutes
      Step-2) Repeat the same segment of the movie with the audio muted
      Step-3) Repeat the same segment of the movie with captions disabled
      Step-4) Recap for couple of minutes after every step
      Step-5) Follow Steps-1 through 4 on an English news content
      Step-6) Try these steps on various English accents - British, American and Australian

Step-1: Watch an English movie for 10 minutes

  • Check how much can you understand the gist of the movie sequence and try to remember few keywords.
  • It is important to have full concentration and also having a headset and captions/ sub-titles enabled
  • Recap by noting the kwywords as you listen on a piece of paper

  • This step prepares you to build the skill of writing while you listen. It helps you to overcome the tendency of trying to note-down the entire audio

    Step-2: Repeat the same segment of the movie with the audio muted

  • Whilst watchin the sequence mentioned in Step-1, note the start-time and end-time of the segment.
  • In this step you should mute the audio and watch the same segment of the movie with the captions/ subtitles on
  • Check the notes of Step-1 with the captions/ sub titles on the screen... mentally, of course

  • This step prepares you to build the skill of reading while you listen. The outcome of this step is how to skim reading content while listening gains prominence

    Step-3: Repeat the same segment of the movie with captions disabled

  • This Step-3 may sound boring, but the most important step. The reason is due to the fact that you are revising your reading and writing skill gained in Steps-1 and 2 here
  • In this step you should disable the captions and watch the same segment of the movie with the audio turned on
  • Revise the notes of Step-1 and Step-2 and you will realise how your reading and writing while listening skills has seen a marked improvement

  • This step completes your skill-building of appropriate listening skills towards
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    The following steps improves your active listening skills which is essential for scoring in the IELTS test

    Step-4: Recap for couple of minutes after every step

  • Progressing from relevant Listening skills to active listening skills, a self-analysis is the only technique that will aid in building on the strong foundation laid above.
  • In this step you should elucidate your learnings of every step and identify how has it improved my listening skills
  • For the mind-mappers, this step is the best map for understanding your potential

  • This step aids you to evaluate ones' own Listening strengths and spot the areas of improvement

    Step-5: Follow Steps-1 through 4 on an English news content

  • Herein, you will not be repeating the same content but listeneing to the content of English language as it is played.
  • In this step, the skills learnt by following the tips of Steps-1 through 4 is being tried to an experience close-to that of IELTS General Listening test

  • This step gets you closer to an IELTS Listening test environment, although IELTS Listening test needs few other nuances too

    Step-6 Try these on various English accents

    • By practicing these steps on various accents of English, you are enabling your preparation towards succeeding in your IELTS Listening test
    • Simple practices help in a long-way in improving your listening skills, in general. Engramm is proud to provide you tips that are simple and practical to help you score big in your IELTS General Listening test
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