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Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I am going to teach you my top tips for the

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IELTS listening module. Okay?

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So, before I teach you these tips, you might be wondering: "What's the IELTS listening

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module?" Well, the IELTS is a test and one part of the test is listening. So, in the

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listening section, you're going to have 40 questions where you're going to listen to

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some conversations for about 30 minutes, and then you'll have 10 minutes to transfer your

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answers over to another sheet. So, in total, it's 40 minutes; 30 minutes for listening,

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10 minutes for writing down your answers.

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Okay, now this part of the IELTS is very possible to get a high mark, especially if you follow

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my tips. All right? Now, before we get started, I just want to let you know: I know you can

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do the IELTS. I know you can pass, I know you can get a great mark, a great bandwidth

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- you just have to have confidence in yourself and you have to practice. Practice, practice,

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practice; it really pays off. So let's get started.

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So, my first tip: write no more than three words. What do I mean by this? I don't mean

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for the whole thing, write no more than three words. On the IELTS, you will have to read

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the instruction of what to do. Often times, the instruction, before you listen, you're

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going to see: "Write no more than three words." This is an example of an instruction you must

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follow. One mistake a lot of students make during the IELTS is they don't read instructions

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properly. They're nervous, they're stressed out, they write whatever, they don't... They

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don't follow the instructions. If you see something like: "Write no more than three

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words." Do that. You can't write four, don't write five. Write three or less. Okay? So

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my main point here: follow the instructions carefully.

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Point number two: get used to British English. A large part of the IELTS, you will be listening...

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For... For... Sorry, for the listening, you will be listening to British accents. Sometimes

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you might hear Australian accents or Canadian, you might hear a range, but a lot of the accents

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will be British. So it's very important to get used to listening to British accents.

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And also, listen to other accents like Canadian, Australian; that's a good idea too. Where

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can you find British accents to listen to? I recommend the BBC. They have a lot of great

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videos there and most of it's with British accents, so it's a very good idea so you can

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practice listening. The more you practice listening with British accents, the easier

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it will be to understand British speakers. Especially if you're used to American English,

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this is a very good thing to do.

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Related to this point: British vocab. You should learn British vocabulary. For example:

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in American English and Canadian English, we say: "truck". In British English, we say:

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"lorry". So it's good to know some of these British expressions, some British words. One

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idea where you can practice these is if you check out our website: www.engvid.com, we

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have a new teacher who is British and who will be talking about British English, so

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check out her... Her videos. It will also be good to help you with practicing listening

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to British accents.

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Number four: spelling counts. Okay? Very important. The listening part of the IELTS is not just

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listening; you're actually using other skills like writing and reading. Now, with writing,

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when you write down your answers, you sometimes have to spell something out, so you have to

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be very, very careful with spelling. Okay? This is something you should really study

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and practice before you take the listening part of the IELTS. Practice your spelling.

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Learn spelling rules. We have a lot of different videos on how to spell on engVid, so I would

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come and check those ones out.

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Number five - this is the thing that always gets my students and I always warn them about

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when we practice - plural versus singular. Okay? You have to listen carefully on whether

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you're writing down the plural with an "s" or the singular. If the question wants me

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to write down: "cat", someone's talking about their cat and I write down: "cats", it's incorrect.

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I would get an "X". Okay, so it's important to be careful, to really listen: is it a singular

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thing, is it a plural thing? Are they saying "store" or "stores"? Okay?

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Number six - this is probably the most obvious tip, but - very important to do practice tests.

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There are many, many books out there on the IELTS that have practice tests with a CD.

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You can listen and you can practice. The more you do, the better, and the better your mark

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probably will be. Okay? So do as many practice tests as you can for the listening. And again,

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maybe when you start, it will be very difficult. Maybe you'll do a test and you'll do very

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poorly on it - a practice test - it's good to keep going. Even if you do bad at first,

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I'm sure the more you practice, the more you get used to these accents - you're going to

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do fine. Okay? Just keep practicing, practicing, practicing.

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Number seven: prediction. It's very important on the IELTS. During the listening, at the

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end of each section, you have some time to check your answers and to read the questions

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that are coming up. Very important that you look ahead. Okay? Any time you have a chance

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