Free listening practice for IELTS
It’s always great to discover a new source of fantastic listening practice material online. My students have been very enthusiatic about the range of listening practice materials, in video format, available on this site.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design. The listening practice material is not specifically for IELTS students but sometimes IELTS students need to push the boundaries of their listening before they start to improve.
Here are six reasons why the TED talks are good IELTS listening practice material:
- There are hundreds of talks to listen to.
- You can search for talks subject – find something that interests you.
- You can search by length – some talks are only 3 minutes long.
- You can search by rating – eg funny, beautiful, inspiring.
- Some of the talks have subtitles in your language.
- This listening practice material is free to use
Visit the TED talks site right now to listen to some interesting and inspiring practice material.
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IELTS listening practice
When most of my IELTS exam students think of listening practice, they think specifically of the IELTS listening exam paper and the type of questions that are in it. In fact, some students seem to become so obsessed with only doing IELTS exam listening practice that they forget that their listening skills can be improved by listening to other types of listening material. There are some examples of free listening practice materials here and here. You could also listen to this.
Sometimes, it is good listening practice to listen to someone speaking and try to write down exactly what is said. You have to focus on both meaning and the individual words:if you don’t write down all of the words correctly, then you haven’t understood everything. (more…)
Make sure that you have listened to the recorded sentences here. Did you manage to count the words? Was it easy? Perhaps you found it difficult? Remember that this exercise is extremely good for your listening skills practice. If you can identify all of the words, it shows that you are on your way to being able to fully understand what is being said. This is very important in the IELTS listening exam and in the IELTS speaking exam. Have you tried repeating the sentences aloud? What about recording yourself saying the sentences and listening to yourself? How good is your pronunciation? (more…)
Listening can be really difficult. In the IELTS listening exam, you are expected to listen, understand and answer questions. In the IELTS speaking exam, you have to listen to the examiner carefully and answer the questions you are asked.
Many IELTS students say that they find listening difficult because they haven’t had enough practice. Let’s face it, it can be really difficult to improve your listening skills if all you are doing is listening to recordings and answering questions. It’s important that all IELTS students try to identify their listening weaknesses and to improve their listening skills. (more…)