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Improving Listening Skill

Improving Listening Skill

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Improving Listening Skill
Do you know how much time do you spend listening? It is estimated that half of our timeis spent listening. Most beginners get difficulty in listening practice. Some of them cannot catchthe dialogue due to their lack of vocabularies, pronunciation and grammar Good listening is an essential part of active communication and makes us better person.And maybe I don't have a good listening skill, yeah so far, however, listening is a skill that wecan always improve. So I have some tips to improve our listening skill.I got them from some websites that I had read. Here are some tips to improve our listening skill :1.Select a book with the cassette, which is suitable for your level. It will help you practisethe listening easily and you can anticipate the level of difficulty.2.Listen to the cassette without reading the text/ dialogue once or twice. When you finddifficulty in grasping the meaning, listen again while scrutinizing the text/ dialogue.3.Pay attention carefully to the pronunciation and intonation. If you want to improve your pronunciation, listen and repeat the dialogue/ text by pausing each sentence.4.After listening to the text/ dialogue, do the exercise and check your answer with theanswer-key or with your teacher.5.If you watch TV, select the English program/ film. Listen to the dialogue carefully withoutreading the translation (text).6.Listen to English songs and learn the words. If you like singing, memorize the words andsing them.7.Practise the above tips everyday although only half an hour. By practising the listeningexercises many times, your listening will improve faster.Talking with others by using English is important. So, here I included 10 ways to be a better listener when we are talking with the others.Here are 7 ways to be a better listener By : Sheila
Dicks :1. Focus on the speaker and let them know you are listening by giving verbal cues such as,'yes', ' I see' and non-verbal cues such as, nodding, leaning forward and smiling. Give thespeaker your full attention
2.Make eye contact, look at the person you are speaking to or who is speaking to you.Looking in another direction or distracting glances appear as though you are not listening.3.Avoid interrupting. It's rude and you cannot talk and listen at the same time. If you assumewhat people are going to say before they say it and then interrupt to respond to your assumptions, you will annoy the person you are talking with and you will miss the realmessage.4.Ask questions and try to see the other person's point-of-view. Don't assume that you knowwhat the person saying if things are not making sense for you. If you are unsure of themeaning ask for clarification and then if you are still not sure repeat it back to them.5.Acknowledge the other person's feelings; make them feel like you understand and that itis okay to feel the way they do.6.Be patient when you don't understand; getting upset won't solve any problems but willonly create more.7.Express your point-of-view and make a conscious choice about your response.To complete my assigment, I also included the ways to improve our listening andremembering skill when we are studying in the class. Here 7 steps to improve our listening skillin college by Paul McDanie :
Be prepared - Prior to going to class make sure to do the required reading for that day andreview notes from previous lectures.
Concentrate on the lecture itself, not the lecturer - Try not to let your self becomedistracted by the lecturer's or instructor's mannerisms, voice quality, or delivery technique.You should concentrate on what is said, not on how it is said.
Listen with an open mind - Everyone has their own opinions about things and you don'thave to accept everything that is said in a class. But you should maintain an open-mindedattitude. Don't let your opposition to a subject or issue block out the message beingdiscussed before the point is fully developed.
Keep physically alert - Attempt to minimize any visual or hearing difficulties by sitting near the front of the classroom, near the person speaking, and maintain a comfortable but alertposture.
Keep mentally alert - Try to think of likely test questions as the material is presented. Alsocompare content in the lecture with that in the textbook. Active participation in classdiscussions is also important. Try to keep yourself from becoming distracted by the floor,ceiling, stuff going on outside through the windows (if there are windows in the classroom),or others around you.

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