Ch 3: ESL Listening for Implied Meaning

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to learn how word choice and vocal qualities can be used to convey meaning. Video lessons also include tips for deciphering the tone and attitude of a speech.

ESL Listening for Implied Meaning - Chapter Summary

Watch this chapter's brief video lessons to get tips for inferring a speaker's intended meaning. You'll begin by studying the relationship between a speaker's style and the intended audience. You can also consider the impact of vivid language on a speech's effectiveness and learn how word choice and vocal qualities - like volume and the rate of speech - convey meaning, tone or attitude. Lastly, discover the uses of intonation to signify a question or call attention to a particular word. Lessons in this chapter cover the following topics:

  • Inference
  • Speech styles
  • Vivid language
  • Vocal qualities
  • Intonation cues
  • Tone and attitude

Determining a speaker's implied meaning can be difficult, but with the help of this chapter, you'll get plenty of opportunities to practice. Self-paced video lessons with timelines that allow you to go directly to the topic you need to review, as well as transcripts that make key terms easy to identify at a glance, are just some of the resources available to you. You can also take multiple-choice lesson and chapter quizzes as many times as you'd like or leave a question for one of our instructors if you need help at any point during your studies.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: ESL Listening for Implied Meaning
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What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

1. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

2. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

3. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

4. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

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 Tone & Attitude

6. 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.

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