Ch 1: Compass ESL: Listening

About This Chapter

This chapter uses fun, engaging video lessons to help you prepare for your Compass ESL Listening test. Multiple-choice questions with each lesson let you get test practice before your exam day.

Compass ESL: Listening - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter can be viewed from any internet device to make preparing for your Compass ESL Listening test accessible and fun. Chapter topics include:

  • Conversation strategies for non-native speakers
  • How to listen for tone and attitude
  • Signal and transition words
  • How to listen for the main point
  • Listening and note-taking strategies

A short quiz after each lesson lets you practice using the information you've covered. If you have any questions about the material, don't hesitate to ask our instructors for help.

Objectives of the Compass ESL: Listening Chapter

The Compass ESL Listening test is an untimed, computerized placement test that adjusts the difficulty of the questions it asks based on your responses to questions you've already answered. Items on this exam require you to listen to a short phrase, passage or conversation, interpret what is said, and ask a multiple-choice question about the content.

The multiple-choice questions on the quizzes in this chapter are styled after the questions on the Compass ESL Listening exam. Use them and our chapter exam as part of your preparation for the exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Compass ESL: Listening
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The Four Stages of the Listening Process

1. 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.

Listening for Tone & Attitude

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 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.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

8. 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

9. 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.

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