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Round-up of Week 4

Round up of week 4
Hello, everyone. It’s the end of week 4. Congratulations for making it this far. It means you’re taking your English learning seriously, as well as your IELTS preparation seriously. And this can only be a good thing. Taking a look at your comments this week, I was glad to see that you’ve been thinking about the things you find easy or difficult. This just means your learning will be more efficient, because you will focus on those things that you do not know yet, rather than going over the things you already find easier.
I’m also glad to see in your comments that you’ve been thinking about your listening strategies, that is the kinds of things you try to do in order to help improve your listening. A lot of you talk about practicing listening more, that is just simply to listen to more things in English more of the time. And this, of course, is a good idea. But I’d like to add to that you don’t want to just practise listening more. You also want to practise listening more in a focused way.
That is, you want to be able to do things that allow you to see whether you’re, in fact, understanding what you’ve listened to correctly or not– a way of being able to check this. And also, it allows you, then, to focus in on those things that you might not actually still understand so well. One very practical way of doing this is by listening to the kinds of recordings and videos where there are subtitles or where there is a transcript that is of the text that is actually printed out in some fashion. In doing this, you will be able to check whether what you think you heard was really what you heard.
And the additional benefit of this is– we know from learning theory that, if we engage more of our senses, then we’re more likely to learn something. If you’re were listening to something and using your ears and then following along at the same time by looking at the transcript or at the subtitles, then you’re engaging both your hearing, and your visuals, and your seeing. And this will probably help you learn much more quickly. This really is the way you learn, even in other areas. If you’re learning to drive a car, the more you drive the better it is. But you also need to pay attention to the things you don’t quite know yet.
If you’re paying attention to your side-view mirrors or so on, over time, it will become automatic. And the same thing will be true with your listening. The more you listen in a focused way at the beginning, over time, listening will become more automatic. And then you won’t have to think more or to translate things into your first language. And then you’ll just become better at it, and process more things more quickly. I hope that you will do more of this in thinking about the strategies you use in listening. In Section 4.10, we did show you a few more different tasks that are used in IELTS.
I hope you’ll take the time to think about what strategies you need to use in order to be able to do those tasks well. If you have any further questions or thoughts, please do leave them in the comments section. And we’ll try to answer, and respond to them as much as we can. If not, I hope you have a good weekend. And I hope to see you next week on the last week of the course. Thank you. Bye bye.
We will upload this video on Friday 31st August.
In this summary of Week 4, we look at some of the most interesting points from the week, including your comments and discussions.
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