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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
IELTS listening module. Okay?
So, before I teach you these tips, you might be wondering: "What's the IELTS listening
module?" Well, the IELTS is a test and one part of the test is listening. So, in the
listening section, you're going to have 40 questions where you're going to listen to
some conversations for about 30 minutes, and then you'll have 10 minutes to transfer your
answers over to another sheet. So, in total, it's 40 minutes; 30 minutes for listening,
10 minutes for writing down your answers.
Okay, now this part of the IELTS is very possible to get a high mark, especially if you follow
my tips. All right? Now, before we get started, I just want to let you know: I know you can
do the IELTS. I know you can pass, I know you can get a great mark, a great bandwidth
- you just have to have confidence in yourself and you have to practice. Practice, practice,
practice; it really pays off. So let's get started.
So, my first tip: write no more than three words. What do I mean by this? I don't mean
for the whole thing, write no more than three words. On the IELTS, you will have to read
the instruction of what to do. Often times, the instruction, before you listen, you're
going to see: "Write no more than three words." This is an example of an instruction you must
follow. One mistake a lot of students make during the IELTS is they don't read instructions
properly. They're nervous, they're stressed out, they write whatever, they don't... They
don't follow the instructions. If you see something like: "Write no more than three
words." Do that. You can't write four, don't write five. Write three or less. Okay? So
my main point here: follow the instructions carefully.
Point number two: get used to British English. A large part of the IELTS, you will be listening...
For... For... Sorry, for the listening, you will be listening to British accents. Sometimes
you might hear Australian accents or Canadian, you might hear a range, but a lot of the accents
will be British. So it's very important to get used to listening to British accents.
And also, listen to other accents like Canadian, Australian; that's a good idea too. Where
can you find British accents to listen to? I recommend the BBC. They have a lot of great
videos there and most of it's with British accents, so it's a very good idea so you can
practice listening. The more you practice listening with British accents, the easier
it will be to understand British speakers. Especially if you're used to American English,
this is a very good thing to do.
Related to this point: British vocab. You should learn British vocabulary. For example:
in American English and Canadian English, we say: "truck". In British English, we say:
"lorry". So it's good to know some of these British expressions, some British words. One
idea where you can practice these is if you check out our website: www.engvid.com, we
have a new teacher who is British and who will be talking about British English, so
check out her... Her videos. It will also be good to help you with practicing listening
to British accents.
Number four: spelling counts. Okay? Very important. The listening part of the IELTS is not just
listening; you're actually using other skills like writing and reading. Now, with writing,
when you write down your answers, you sometimes have to spell something out, so you have to
be very, very careful with spelling. Okay? This is something you should really study
and practice before you take the listening part of the IELTS. Practice your spelling.
Learn spelling rules. We have a lot of different videos on how to spell on engVid, so I would
come and check those ones out.
Number five - this is the thing that always gets my students and I always warn them about
when we practice - plural versus singular. Okay? You have to listen carefully on whether
you're writing down the plural with an "s" or the singular. If the question wants me
to write down: "cat", someone's talking about their cat and I write down: "cats", it's incorrect.
I would get an "X". Okay, so it's important to be careful, to really listen: is it a singular
thing, is it a plural thing? Are they saying "store" or "stores"? Okay?
Number six - this is probably the most obvious tip, but - very important to do practice tests.
There are many, many books out there on the IELTS that have practice tests with a CD.
You can listen and you can practice. The more you do, the better, and the better your mark
probably will be. Okay? So do as many practice tests as you can for the listening. And again,
maybe when you start, it will be very difficult. Maybe you'll do a test and you'll do very
poorly on it - a practice test - it's good to keep going. Even if you do bad at first,
I'm sure the more you practice, the more you get used to these accents - you're going to
do fine. Okay? Just keep practicing, practicing, practicing.
Number seven: prediction. It's very important on the IELTS. During the listening, at the
end of each section, you have some time to check your answers and to read the questions
that are coming up. Very important that you look ahead. Okay? Any time you have a chance