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INTENSIVE AND EXTENSIVE LISTENING: KEY PHRASES FOR LISTENING IN PDF

This post is focussed on settling doubts about listening skills. There are, of course, various ways of practising listening that need to be done during the preparation of exams or in the learning of English. But there are also some very simple things that listeners can look out for in the process of listening to… Continue reading INTENSIVE AND EXTENSIVE LISTENING: KEY PHRASES FOR LISTENING IN PDF

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KEY SKILLS FOR LISTENING EXAMS

Listening is possibly the most difficult part of language learning to improve. Students always complain that people speak too fast, but in reality it is not that, it just seems that way because the learner cannot follow the text fast enough; in other words “they listen too slowly”. This post is going to look at… Continue reading KEY SKILLS FOR LISTENING EXAMS

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How to understand native speakers – THE REALITY OF IT!

Recently I have read various articles on this topic in particular. So I thought it might be a good idea to include my own personal opinion about it based on my own personal experience as a teacher and a language enthusiast. Many language learners focus the majority of their time on the study of grammar… Continue reading How to understand native speakers – THE REALITY OF IT!

EXAMS

LISTENING FOR CAE (C1) – exam technique 

The listening part of the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) consists of 4 prts and lasts for about 4 minutes. Candidates need to listen to various recordings and answer 30 questions about what they hear. The parts are always the same, with the only variation being the topics of the recordings.   NOW AVAILABLE CAE PREPARATION… Continue reading LISTENING FOR CAE (C1) – exam technique 

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LISTENING – FCE (B2) Improving your grade

    Listening: FIRST CERTIFICATE EXAM   The listening exam is made up of 4 parts. There is a maximum score of 30 points and you need 18 correct to be able to pass. The exam lasts for about 40 minutes. You will listen to each part of the exam twice and there is a… Continue reading LISTENING – FCE (B2) Improving your grade

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LISTEN, LISTEN AND LISTEN AGAIN!

English can be tough! Some languages are phonetic, you speak them as they are written, and this is a luxury when trying to learn them. However, it seems an error to say that just because a language is not phonetic, that it is automatically more difficult to learn. In reality, all it does is increase… Continue reading LISTEN, LISTEN AND LISTEN AGAIN!

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Improving your listening: the effort involved

I have recently read a fantastic article (see below: Spanish) about the troubles that some people have with listening skills, and this got me thinking. Previously I have mentioned the need to improve listening skills for accademic purposes and the benefits of having good listening skills in the language learning process (COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT and LISTENING SKILLS). But… Continue reading Improving your listening: the effort involved

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Improving listening skills: advice for students and teachers

The first thing to mention is when We refer to improving listening skills, we are talking about speaking and listening skills, they fall under the same category and are impossible to separate. In this post I am going to talk about things that teachers of English should know and share with language learners so that… Continue reading Improving listening skills: advice for students and teachers