Introduction to the IELTS Exam




Any exam no matter what the topic is challenging especially when you are looking at a series of them. It is even more difficult when the beginning of the exam segment is a difficult one such as the case with the IELTS Listening test. It can be a frustrating starting point for many. Reason being is because it has such a variety of skill demands.

There are ways to lessen this impact if you plan for the IELTS exam. You are going to find that you will be able to obtain sets of Cds and many practice tapes. These will help but keep in mind they are only a general sample none of them will be like the IELTS Listening test you are about to face.

This is not all doom and gloom though because some of the best practice materials for the IELTS is free or almost free. Plus the bonus is they are fun. In fact you probably have already utilized them but not in the right perspective perhaps. I am simply referring to the radio and TV and even the movies. So in preparation for the IELTS spend as much time as you can with your ears to the TV and radio and make as many trips to the movies as you can afford. Naturally these all have to be English versions. If you do this, here is what you are going to get especially if you look for these…

  1. Identify accents and individuality in speaking

  2. English is spoken in a rhythm of sentences you will adapt to these when they are spoken into your ear

  3. You will not have to grasp with broken English as spoken by native speakers

  4. By grasping the context of the words you will build your vocabulary

  5. The formation of English sentences will become easy because you will recognize word patterns.

  6. Listening to everyday English as spoken on these venues such as TV and radio will expose you to slang and colloquialisms as opposed to the formal English utilized by the English teachers.

You are going to find that the IELTS Listening test will often use fake broadcasts. By utilizing the tools we mentioned here you will get exposure to English TV and radio where there will be multi conversations that take place outside of the Academic atmosphere.

A prime example of this is news broadcasts. In this case you will often here the views of an incident by numerous people. These interviews are based on the variation of perspectives amongst the interviewees. Plus they are all in various locale so you are going to be exposed to different acoustics. You will also glean the advantage of hearing foreign accents in these situations as well. This is the most valuable experience for you to help you through the most challenging part of the test.

You need to focus on real people speaking English. Your best source here is any of the movies that consist of the English, American and Australian forms of speaking. Lets face it any language in its real setting cannot be compared to English in the classroom.

To adjust yourself to the English language use this format for the DVDs.

Watch them utilizing the subtitles the first time to grasp the jest of the movie. Then watch it a second time without the subtitles to put the words to the situation. You should watch the same movie repeatedly until you need no translation assistance to understand every word being said.

If it is a theatre movie you are watching avoid the subtitles in order to make yourself concentrate on the words. You should have no problems finding plenty of TV re runs of movies. If you are watching them on TV cover the subtitle area with tape so you can’t cheat when watching the movies. Watch these movies over and over again until you understand them perfectly.

Every possible opportunity that you have to get some English hearing exposure prior to the IELTS exam be sure to take advantage of it. Totally immerse yourself in it, don’t waste a moment’s time. Whenever you are in the vicinity of your radio or TV have English speaking programs on. When you are in your car have the English radio channels on. In other words whenever you can be exposed to the English language seize the opportunity.

Not only is exposure to it important but training yourself to concentrate on what is being said and comprehending it is critically important. Second best though is even adapting to the pronunciation or hearing the English words. Your brain is working sub consciously on the sounds that it is hearing in the background.

As close as possible to the taking of the IELTS exam expose yourself to the English language. You want your ears to adjust to it before you hear it on the exam. If the adjustment to the sound is in place you can concentrate on the questions. You run the risk if you do not do this of missing some of the first few questions while you are trying to adjust to the sound of the English. No matter how apprehensive you feel turn that radio or TV on while you have the chance prior to the test. You will appreciate the effort afterwards.

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