Fundamental Skills for the IELTS Listening TestSaturday, April 06, 2013
English may be the most influential language in the current world as it is used for diversified purposes in multinational environment.
For, some language speakers like German it is easy to learn as German language share the common root with English.
For many others it is difficult to learn like Chinese, Indians as their language have completely different root. But, in this era of globalization, there two nations need to deal in more and more in English. You can now guess for non-native speakers, English is hard to speak as well as hard to listen.
The IELTS Listening test is very easy for some candidates while it could be a nightmare for many. It is not easy because the audio recording played during the test is not the normal conversation you listen in the movie or music rather those are highly academic language.
That said , your ear should be well adapted to listen academic speaking like report/thesis presentation, lecture of professor’s etc.
On the other hand, adapting to listen different accent like British, American and Australian is crucial. It is really difficult to listen at lexical level in different conversation, that means getting every words right.
You should be more focused on understanding on sentence level and become comfortable with the accent traps.
The listening test itself is filled with confusions to obtain key data and facts in the passage. The candidate is assessed how tactfully he/she can grasp necessary parts in the conversation.
A conversation is generally a natural speaking process, but listen it accurately needs great attentions and The IELTS test is there to examine that consciousness. In academic environment students entitled to take notes while listening lectures, that is exactly the same what an IELTS examinee need to focus.
So, it is important that you practice different speakers accents to adapt to the change of accent. Identify distracters that can fluctuate the level of concentration should be done at this stage.
As for example, a speaker can present many supporting views to clarify the main points while your ear should stick to the main issues of a speaking.
Intonation is another key issues in the IELTS listening test which means lowering and raising voice to present and argument. Most often you will listen a monotonous monologue for a while then stuck by a sudden up-pitch of voice, and there is 90% possibility of getting answer in that part of talking. The universal structure of public speaking is also noticeable in the exam.
A speaker first introduce about the title of speech and then presents example, arguments and conclusion. Focusing on this structure will pre-prepare your mindset for listening. In the end, loosing concentration would be devastating for you during the IELTS listening test, so be careful about that.