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  • Hi everyone!

  • Today we're gonna talk about how to improve English listening proficiency.

  • Listening might be the most difficult skill to learn out of the four language skills.

  • And teachers don't really "teach" how to listen because listening is considered like a passive

  • skill

  • Good language learners are the ones who are better at using their metacognitive skills

  • So what are the metacognitive skills......

  • So what are the metacognitive skills?

  • It includes planning, monitoring and evaluating, so on and so forth

  • In other words, metacognitive skills is the ability to use the things that you already

  • know to learn something that you don't know

  • So today I'm going to share some really practical and useful metacognitive skills that you can

  • apply when you are doing your listening comprehension test or when you are talking to other people

  • Basically improving your listening ability through some strategies

  • So without further ado, let's get into the video

  • So the first strategy is to guess

  • When you're listening to a speech or conversation, there are many reasons why you can't understand

  • maybe it's because of a local accent or maybe an unknown vocabulary or just the noisy background

  • When this happens, you should use the information that you already know and make a guess quickly

  • So how can you make a guess

  • First, you can guess the speech of the word

  • Is it a noun or is it a verb

  • If it is a noun, it is likely to be a person, place or object

  • Second, you can guess according to the context

  • Where does the conversation or speech take place?

  • So these are all the clues that you can use to make a rapid guess

  • Strategy number 2, to anticipate when you're talking to someone or when you're

  • listening to a speech, you might anticipate what is going to come up

  • For example, I live in Montreal right now and people talk about the weather constantly

  • so when I meet someone, I am somehow prepared to talk about the snow or how it ruined my

  • nice boots and at the same time, I would also expect

  • that the other person would talk about the fact that it is -15 degrees outside right

  • now Is it?

  • Let me see.

  • It is -15 degrees outside.

  • Right now, huh, when I am filming.

  • Anticipating can help the listener to be prepared and also have more time to organize

  • Three, to keep to the point.

  • In fact, it is impossible for the listener to hear every single word in the sentence

  • So it is more important to know what is important and more relevant

  • So how can you do that?

  • First, listen with a purpose.

  • So you should think yo yourself: what is the conversation or speech mainly about.

  • For example, when you're listening to the new, try to understand where the incident

  • happened, when did it happen and how did it happen.

  • So when you are focusing on these questions, you are more likely to capture the important

  • parts of the speech.

  • Second, listen to the first sentence and transitional words in the speech

  • We all know that the first sentence of the paragraph is the topic sentence.

  • And the topic sentence shows the central idea of the whole paragraph.

  • Also, the transitional words show the thinking of the speaker.

  • Following these targets can help the students focus on the main point of the talk instead

  • of peripheral details that are distracting.

  • In the end, I just wanna say that listening training is not about understanding every

  • single word in the sentence.

  • Listening is not that passive as you think.

  • According to research, if the learners' metacognitive awareness increases, not just listening comprehension,

  • overall language proficiency increases.

  • So metacognitive awareness or strategies are all really important and should be emphasized

  • in classrooms.

  • Besides developing your language, the learner should also learn to guess, to anticipate

  • and to keep it to the point.

  • You should come and say bye.

  • You should come and say bye to everyone.

  • Ok!

  • So these are the three metacognitive strategies that I wanna share with you guys today and

  • she's here to say goodbye.

  • I hope you've enjoyed all my videos on second language acquisition research.

  • And if you're interested.....awwww she's so warmmmmm

  • Anyways, if you're interested, of course everything will be linked in the description box below.

  • Where are you going?

  • It's great making these videos and I'm really happy that I'm learning about this right now

  • and hopefully I'll be sharing more.

  • Ok, that's about it for this time and I'll see you guys soon!

  • Bye~~ Awww you're leaving neh.....oh!

  • Bye!

Hi everyone!

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Research-based! How to improve English listening proficiency?

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    Jenn   posted on 2018/02/01
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