As we all know, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally accepted examination for testing English proficiency. It is mostly taken when someone wishes to go abroad for pursuing higher studies. There are four sections in the exam namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Out of the total exam time of 2 hours & 55 minutes, 40 minutes are given to complete the Listening section (now we know its weight).
Seriously, Listening is a very important skill to develop both in career and in life, as said by the epic Greek philosopher, Epictetus: “We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” The listening module has four sections: firstly, a conversation between two people; secondly, a single person’s monologue. The third one is about two speakers’ discussion, and the last one is a speech on any academic subject. Go through some smart tactics given below to crack this module:
- Online official IELTS test samples: The online practice material for improving your score in Listening is very helpful. For each section of the module, one mock test is available which can be availed free of cost. Take them, as you will get to know the procedure of the original exam. It will help you in understanding the development of an argument or the purpose of a speaker. In addition, if you Google ‘IELTS Listening Samples’, you can get more mock tests from different sites.
- Practice Reading & Writing: By doing so, you are actually improving your listening skills. How? By reading, you will get to improve your vocabulary (when you find meanings to new words). By writing, you get to understand the perspective of the speaker and also the way in which sentences are crafted in the exam. Trust me; these are very healthy exercises which students often neglect. Additionally, they will also help you in the Reading and Writing modules.
- Actively converse in English with others: Talk to your friends and family in English as a part of your preparation. Don’t worry they will understand. This will give you more clarity on the two conversation sections. Talking to different people will help you in understanding various accents. On completing a conversation, think about the main idea behind the talk within 10 words, obviously in English. This will be an amazing exercise for answering similar questions during the exam.
- Imagine the words spoken: This is a tried and tested strategy by various students. According to Philosophy, our mind only thinks with pictures and not with words. So practically, it is impossible for us to remember words. Think of the whole conversation like a story playing in your mind. This will help you to remember the conversation when answering questions. Trust your memory and do not listen and answer simultaneously.
- Watch English movies: It is similar to listening someone but still a very effective and free-of-cost strategy for concentrating on pronunciation and expression. It is advised use the subtitles at first and you can let go of them when you get comfortable without them. Again, watching different actors speak in different styles will help you in decoding their accents. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand the feelings and emotions of what they are saying.
- Just focus when in the exam: This is the key ingredient in acing this section. Even if you have not followed the above steps, just following this can do wonders. Do not waste time getting stuck on a word if you don’t know its meaning. Move on; it probably will not be necessary. Concentrate on what you understand, and you’ll understand more.
Trying to anticipate what will be said next, would help your mind to focus. Do use your basic knowledge of grammar; it will help you in various things; for example, knowing whether someone is speaking in the past, present or future tense is important.
As we all know, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally accepted examination for testing English proficiency. It is mostly taken when someone wishes to go abroad for pursuing higher studies. There are four sections in the exam namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.