IELTS Strategies: Listening to Monologues

Listening to an everyday monologue is the second task of the IELTS test. Ensure you’re prepared for it by practicing the following tips alongside your IELTS Quezon City training sessions.

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       ·         Expand your everyday vocabulary.

While its topic varies, the speech provided in the second part of the IELTS listening exam always revolves around an everyday social situation. It can be anything from an announcement about a local facility’s new amenity to a monologue about accommodation recommendations during a conference. Here are some ways to build up your everyday vocabulary.

o   Listen to English radio stations.
o   Read newspapers, bulletin notices, handbooks, and guidelines.
o   Study how your IELTS Philippines instructors deliver lectures.
o   Pay attention to how people share stories.
o   Frequent news channels and websites.
o   Attend Senate/court hearings and conferences.
o   Tune in on sports channels or hang out in sports stadiums.
o   Hang out in places where announcements are frequently made (e.g., transport stations, hospitals, airports, etc.).

While some of these activities don’t take place in casual contexts, doing them will help you prepare for the test nonetheless.   
       ·         Refine your ability to follow speeches.   

Make sure you can do the following things before you take the test.

o   Determine the main points of a monologue.
o   Comprehend speeches by native English speakers.  
o   Understand explicit and implied information mentioned in the monologue.
o   Follow speeches that utilize technical, formal, and academic language.
o   Lift information from distorted or unclear speeches.

        ·         Study how native English speakers talk.

The way native English speakers phrase and deliver monologues slightly differs from that of language learners’.  For instance, they use contractions a lot. “Did not” becomes “didn’t,” “it is” becomes “it’s,” and so on.

Native English speakers also have a tendency for phonetic links, wherein they connect a vowel-starting word to the word preceding it. For example, “he is ironically irate about the whole situation” may sound like “hezironicallyirate about the whole situation.”

Want to learn more about the common speech patterns of native English speakers? Enroll in JRooz’s review center for IELTS in Quezon city.

Listening to people deliver a monologue is not easy, especially when it’s a part of a life-changing test. Missing even a single detail can keep you from getting your score goal. So, make sure you’re prepared for the second section of the IELTS exam. Integrate these strategies into your IELTS Philippines preparations to boost your test performance. 


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