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English Language Support: Listening practice

An overview of English Language Support available from Library and Learning Services

What makes listening difficult?

  • Speed of speech
  • Unfamiliar accents
  • Use of
    • Colloquial language
    • Slang
    • Subject specific vocabulary
    • Abbreviations
    • Acronyms

How can you help yourself?

  • Read up on the subject before the lecture
    • Familiarise yourself with new vocabulary
  • Ask the lecturer if you can record the lecture
  • Identify main points
  • Take notes
  • Rewrite and revise notes
    • perhaps with a friend
  • Take every opportunity to listen to spoken English

Tips and techniques for effective listening

There are a number of things you can do to improve your listening skills when you are listening to lectures.

  • Be aware of all carriers of meaning
    • Words carry meaning of course
    • So does
      • Stress
      • Intonation
      • Rhythm
  • Add information
    • From your own knowledge of the subject
    • From your own knowledge of the world
  • Predict
    • The content of the lecture/talk
    • The organisation of the lecture
  • Evaluate
    • in order to know what to note down
    • in order to relate ideas to each other

Links to various websites with listening opportunities

Listening resources linked to English language coursebooks in the library

Click on the book image to access the audio files on Panopto

Business Grammar Builder

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Business Options

Click on the book image to access the audio and video files on Panopto

New Business Matters

Other Listening activities

Click on the image to access the audio files on SansSpace

Palgrave Skills for Success - Critical thinking

Subject Guide

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Paul Barnes
Contact:
Room DL126
The Sir Michael Cobham Library
Talbot Campus
Bournemouth University
BH12 5BB
01202 965300