Tuesday, December 4, 2018

IELTS Strategies: Listening to Academic Monologues

Listening to academic monologues is the fourth and final task of the IELTS listening exam. This article can help you get ready for it. Integrate the following tips into your IELTS training sessions to this section of the high-stakes test.

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·         Hone your ability to follow lectures.

If you’re preparing with an excellent training facility, like the JRooz review center in Makati, then you’re already doing this practice. Study how your instructor speaks and facilitates classes. The academic monologue you’ll encounter in the exam bears similarities to your IELTS training sessions.

Academic monologues are often planned and modulated. They are information-focused; neither spontaneous nor driven by emotions like casual discussions. Hence, they’re easier to keep track of. You’ll know your ability to follow academic discourse is on-point if you can do the following while listening.

o   Identify the key points of the monologue.
o   Understand speeches by native English speakers.
o   Understand unclear, distorted, or accent-heavy monologues.
o   Determine implied and explicit information.
o   Comprehend speeches that use academic, technical, and formal language.

·         Familiarize yourself with the way native English speakers use.
Watch videos of native English speakers delivering lectures and speeches online. Study the way they phrase their statements. Before your test date, make sure you can understand what they’re saying well without using subtitles or rewinding the video.

·         Expand your academic vocabulary.
While the subject of the discourse varies, the same cannot be said about its context.
The topic will always be the type discussed in an academic setting. Use this fact to your advantage. Build up your academic vocabulary during your IELTS training period.

Below is a list of the most frequently used words in academic discussions. Make sure you know what they mean before you take the exam.

o   Approach – to move towards, to address
o   Assume – to consider something to be true
o   Concept – a general or abstract idea drawn from specific circumstances
o   Context – the facts or circumstances surrounding a situation
o   Derived – to develop or form from something else
o   Factor – anything that contributes to a process
o   Identified – to be established
o   Indicate – to designate or identify something
o   Method – a systematic way of doing something
o   Occur – to happen
o   Required – something that is necessary
o   Significant – important, rich in implication
o   Theory – an inference
o   Variable – something that can change

Aside from researching frequently used academic words and expressions, another way to expand your vocabulary is to frequent student hubs. Hang out in campus grounds and attend public lectures.  If you’re enrolled in an IELTS review center, pay attention to how your instructor conducts classes.

Score high in the IELTS listening exam. Supplement your test preparations with these training tips. Learn more ways to enhance your listening skills by enrolling in the JRooz Review center in Makati.


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