Improve your listening skills with IELTSi
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Improve your listening skills with IELTSi

IELTS Listening has many different question types. Each question type tests a different skill, these are known as subskills. Learning about these subskills will help you get a better understanding of the test and help you answer the questions correctly. In this blog post, I will explain how using these subskills will help you take control of your own learning and we will look at how IELTS Intelligence (IELTSi) Listening can help you with your goals.   It has been created through lots of research with self-study learners just like you. In IELTSi Listening, you can listen to recordings that are based on sections 1 to 4 of the Listening test and assess yourself on the different task types including Classification, Matching, Multiple Choice and Completion style tasks. As well as being able to practise these different task types, you’ll also get a personalised feedback report that is created just for you. The report will show you why your answer was right or wrong, look at which skill was being practised, give you some tips to help you improve and help you focus your study. There are a number of things that students find challenging with IELTS Listening. The fact that you only hear the recording once means that you need to be aware of the format that is used and the strategies you then need to employ in this part of the test. You also need to focus on grammar and spelling; read the questions carefully and develop your skills of prediction. IELTSi can help as it breaks down the listening sections into chunks and explains and practises the different skills that you need to use. You will be able to understand what is needed for each different question type and develop skills for approaching the different listening sections in the test. The subskills we test in IELTSi Listening are important because they will also develop your skills for listening and understanding in everyday English as well as in academic settings where English is used. Let’s look at the subskills in more detail: Understanding the main idea means being able to separate the most important information from the less important. It is important for all parts of IELTS Listening and is a skill that is developed in Multiple Choice Questions, Matching and Note Completion tasks. It is also important for everyday life and academic settings such as seminars.  Understanding details. When you need to find a piece of information, you need to be able to decide what sort of information you are listening for, predict the answer and be able to decide which detail is the correct detail. This skill is important for all parts of the test and appears in a wide variety of task types. You will need to develop this skill for all Completion tasks and Multiple Choice Questions. In everyday life this skill is necessary for understanding conversations and asking for, and listening to, information. In academic life you will need this skill in a wide variety of situations, such as listening to lectures and presentations. Recognising opinion, attitude and purpose means being able to listen for facts and ideas and being aware of what the speaker is saying or why they are speaking about them. You will also need to be able to understand what the speakers think about the ideas being mentioned. For example; you may be asked why two speakers agree or disagree about a certain topic. This skill is most often found in the academic conversation in Part 3 of the Listening test. You will need this skill both in daily and academic life in order to take part in different types of discussions.  IELTS learners often find it difficult to prepare for the test because they don’t know how they can improve their score. Practice tests are helpful but sometimes you might feel like you need extra help and guidance. IELTS intelligence can give you the extra help and advice that you are looking for.  So why not check your Listening skills with IELTS intelligence and find out your strengths and weaknesses and how to improve in your personalised feedback report. It takes about 45 minutes to check your skills and read all your feedback, but you can stop and start again to suit you. Find out more by watching the video below: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/hy41ug1IckE.jpg?itok=NF21xdJv","video_url":"https://youtu.be/hy41ug1IckE","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]}   We’re constantly developing IELTS intelligence based on our research with learners, so we’ll let you know when new skills and features are available. As always we would love to hear from you, feel free to ask us any questions you have on our social channels. Neil

Neil Holloway

21 May, 2021

Improve your listening skills with IELTSi

Improve your listening skills with IELTSi

IELTS Listening has many different question types. Each question type tests a different skill, these are known as subskills. Learning about these subskills will help you get a better understanding of the test and help you answer the questions correctly. In this blog post, I will explain how using these subskills will help you take control of your own learning and we will look at how IELTS Intelligence (IELTSi) Listening can help you with your goals.
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It has been created through lots of research with self-study learners just like you.

In IELTSi Listening, you can listen to recordings that are based on sections 1 to 4 of the Listening test and assess yourself on the different task types including Classification, Matching, Multiple Choice and Completion style tasks. As well as being able to practise these different task types, you’ll also get a personalised feedback report that is created just for you. The report will show you why your answer was right or wrong, look at which skill was being practised, give you some tips to help you improve and help you focus your study.

There are a number of things that students find challenging with IELTS Listening. The fact that you only hear the recording once means that you need to be aware of the format that is used and the strategies you then need to employ in this part of the test. You also need to focus on grammar and spelling; read the questions carefully and develop your skills of prediction.

IELTSi can help as it breaks down the listening sections into chunks and explains and practises the different skills that you need to use. You will be able to understand what is needed for each different question type and develop skills for approaching the different listening sections in the test.

The subskills we test in IELTSi Listening are important because they will also develop your skills for listening and understanding in everyday English as well as in academic settings where English is used.

Let’s look at the subskills in more detail:

  • Understanding the main idea means being able to separate the most important information from the less important. It is important for all parts of IELTS Listening and is a skill that is developed in Multiple Choice Questions, Matching and Note Completion tasks. It is also important for everyday life and academic settings such as seminars.
  • Understanding details. When you need to find a piece of information, you need to be able to decide what sort of information you are listening for, predict the answer and be able to decide which detail is the correct detail. This skill is important for all parts of the test and appears in a wide variety of task types. You will need to develop this skill for all Completion tasks and Multiple Choice Questions. In everyday life this skill is necessary for understanding conversations and asking for, and listening to, information. In academic life you will need this skill in a wide variety of situations, such as listening to lectures and presentations.
  • Recognising opinion, attitude and purpose means being able to listen for facts and ideas and being aware of what the speaker is saying or why they are speaking about them. You will also need to be able to understand what the speakers think about the ideas being mentioned. For example; you may be asked why two speakers agree or disagree about a certain topic. This skill is most often found in the academic conversation in Part 3 of the Listening test. You will need this skill both in daily and academic life in order to take part in different types of discussions.

IELTS learners often find it difficult to prepare for the test because they don’t know how they can improve their score. Practice tests are helpful but sometimes you might feel like you need extra help and guidance. IELTS intelligence can give you the extra help and advice that you are looking for. 

So why not check your Listening skills with IELTS intelligence and find out your strengths and weaknesses and how to improve in your personalised feedback report. It takes about 45 minutes to check your skills and read all your feedback, but you can stop and start again to suit you.

Find out more by watching the video below:

 

We’re constantly developing IELTS intelligence based on our research with learners, so we’ll let you know when new skills and features are available. As always we would love to hear from you, feel free to ask us any questions you have on our social channels.

Neil

Neil Holloway

Neil worked for many years as an IELTS teacher and examiner. He currently works at Cambridge University Press where he has worked on titles such as the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS, Mindset for IELTS and Complete IELTS.

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