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Ch 3: Basic Listening Skills

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In this convenient overview of basic listening skills, you can review note-taking, listening for tone, critical thinking, and more. The concise lessons in this chapter can be a valuable tool to use when preparing for a test or working on class assignments.

Basic Listening Skills - Chapter Summary

With this chapter on basic listening skills, you can review the four stages of the listening process. You can also gain an understanding of how to figure out the central idea of a speech. By the end of the chapter, you should feel confident and prepared to:

  • Discuss how to listen for tone and attitude
  • Explain how to pay attention to transitions and signal words
  • Recall tips that can help you listen for agreement and disagreement
  • Listen for intonation cues, the main point, facts, and opinions
  • Discuss tips for listening to speakers with non-American accents
  • Use critical listening and thinking to evaluate others' speeches
  • Recount strategies for mapping a speech
  • Explain what should not be included in a summary

These engaging lessons can help you easily understand basic listening skills. Depending on your needs, you can either review all the lessons in order, or just focus on the lessons that cover the topics you need to review. A brief quiz is available for each lesson, which will test how many of the details from the chapter you can recall.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Basic Listening Skills
Listening for Tone & Attitude

1. Listening for Tone & Attitude

When you're learning English, listening for a speaker's tone or attitude can be even harder than listening for meaning - here are some tips for how to make it work.

Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

2. Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

When you're listening to someone speaking English, paying attention to transitions and signal words really pays off. Here are some tips with examples of how these words are used in conversations.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

3. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for Intonation Cues

4. Listening for Intonation Cues

Making sense of intonation cues in spoken English can be tough, especially if it isn't your first language. To help you figure it out, here's a guide to what to listen for.

Listening for the Main Point

5. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

Listening for Facts and Opinions

6. Listening for Facts and Opinions

You may know that facts are concrete observations, whereas opinions are thoughts on those observations. But have you ever thought about how people hide opinions in facts? This lesson explains how.

Listening to Accented English

7. Listening to Accented English

In real life and on standardized English tests, you'll have to work with listening passages read by speakers with non-American accents. Watch this lesson to get some hands-on practice.

The Four Stages of the Listening Process

8. The Four Stages of the Listening Process

As messages are sent to us, it seems as though we simply hear and react, but there is actually a process that our brains use to process the information. It begins with attending, then interpreting, responding and finally remembering the information.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

9. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

Improving your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech

10. Improving your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech

When attending a speaking event, the tendency is to listen to what the speaker has to say. But it is equally important to take careful notes to determine the central idea of the speech.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

11. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

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