IELTS study plan, part 2: listening..

Skill specific strategy: Listening

Hi, welcome to the second part of my IELTS study plan. If you saw my previous post you will have seen the general strategy you need to follow. In this post, I want to outline a skill specific strategy for listening.

This to be fitted in everyday, when you have time. General listening, and focused exam listening.

This is a two part strategy, the first is to “tune” your ears into the sounds of English, by listening to podcasts, internet radio, etc…this can be done while you are commuting to work, or whenever you have some time to spare. Some of the podcasts allow you to download a transcript, which is very useful, as you can follow it and annotate it if you hear some new vocab, etc. What I would suggest is that you don’t simply listen to the audio passively, as background noise, you really need to concentrate on it to get the best out of this kind of practice. So, for some good links to pods, books, etc see below.

And for IELTS specific material..

The second part of the listening strategy is to become familiar with the different question types and the techniques for answering them, as well as the overall strategy for the four sections in the listening section. For that, I recommend these websites below.

For lessons about the different question types

Once you have a basic grasp of the techniques for listening, you have to put this knowledge into practice, try these sites for online tests below.

So, in sum, you need to be doing some “active” listening everyday, as well as reading through the difference between the question types, and trying out your technique on the online tests. How you fit this in is up to you, but as you will see in the sample weekly plan in my previous post, it could be by making the most of your travel time to work and back, as lots of my students do. One more thing, you may have noticed that I include links to other teachers websites for the various lessons, etc. This is because I don’t have time (as yet) to make lessons for all those things. I spend my time helping students with writing and speaking, as most of my students prefer to work on listening and reading themselves. You will notice also, that the teachers I link to, do not give lessons, their business model is different to mine. They make money from their websites or whatever, and do not actually teach online, whereas I do.

Also, there is no point in reinventing the wheel as it were, if I find a good resource I tell my students about it, doesn’t matter if I wrote it or not. So, have a look at the links, if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line at