How can you do your best on the IELTS Listening test?
In this blog post, you will learn a few tips and tricks to do your best on the IELTS Listening test.
First of all, you need to know that, without adequate practice, you're never going to be ready for all test situations. You must, therefore, try out at least 16 tests before you can even decide where you are when it comes to your Listening skills in English.
Another thing to consider is how much exposure you've had to English. Do you watch videos in English? Do you listen to podcasts? It's obvious that you won't be able to understand most of the sentences used by the speakers during the test if you don't have some experience listening to native speakers.
Let's look at 3 top tips that will get you ready for the IELTS Listening test.
1. Practice Targeted Listening
Targeted listening makes you focus on the parts of the audio where the answers to the questions are located. Ask yourself: Am I listening for a noun? Is it a singular, plural or uncountable noun? If it's a verb I need, is it V1, V5, or V2?
This takes us to grammatical clues. A question will always have grammatical clues, and, if you understand the question clearly, you will know what you need to be listening for.
Mastering this technique will take you to places you never thought you would reach. Even if you're an A2/B1 level English user, you're going to enjoy the listening test and boost your Listening scores in one week. You need to, therefore, practice targeted listening at all times.
2. Do Everything in English
If you like listening to songs and watching movies, listen to English songs and watch English movies. When you begin, you can switch on the captions (lyrics/subtitles), and then you need to slowly transition to not using the text to understand the English used in the songs and movies.
If you like pop songs in your language, listen to pop songs in English. If you like romantic comedies, watch movies based on romance and comedy produced by filmmakers from Hollywood.
There are definitely no shortcuts when it comes to being able to understand native speakers. If you don't have the habit of listening to as many speakers as possible, and as many accents as possible, you won't be ready to crack the IELTS Listening test under varying circumstances. Do everything in English!
3. Learn about Intonation
Do you know about word stress? What about sentence stress? While you may be wondering why you need to understand these aspects that boost your pronunciation skills so that you get ready for the Speaking test, don't forget that the Listening test will have speakers using their English. So, you need to be able to understand them, which is only possible if you know what stress is.
Sentence stress is more important as speakers need to use varying intonation levels to maintain the listener's interest and direct attention to their important ideas. Let me give you a simple hint: When the speakers raise their voice (when they use rising intonation), they're actually making the most important points in their sentences. This means that you just have to catch these important pieces of information to get the answers which are mostly nouns and verbs.
Learn about rhythm and intonation so that your Listening, as well as Speaking skills, become sharper. You won't regret it!