Ch 33: Listening for Comprehension & Meaning

About This Chapter

Look over engaging video lessons that cover listening for various types of information. Different kinds of signal words are among the key terms explored in this chapter.

Listening for Comprehension & Meaning - Chapter Summary

Helpful strategies to use when trying to figure out the main point in either written or verbal communication are included in this chapter. Words and phrases that indicate agreement and disagreement in a discussion are reviewed. Distinguishing fact from opinion is the focus of a lesson in the chapter. You will also get a chance to look over these additional listening considerations:

  • Paying attention to and comprehending instructions
  • Different uses of intonation
  • Major indicators for a speaker's attitude and tone

Go through the numerous fun videos in this chapter using either a computer or one of several kinds of web-enabled handheld devices. To easily find any segment that you want to review again, you can use the convenient video tags. Double-check your understanding of the most important terms and concepts throughout the chapter by completing the practice quizzes that accompany each lesson.

8 Lessons in Chapter 33: Listening for Comprehension & Meaning
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Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

1. 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

2. 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 the Main Point

3. 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

4. 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 and Understanding Instructions

5. Listening and Understanding Instructions

Even for adults, listening and following instructions can be harder than it sounds, and for many students, it can seem daunting. In this lesson, explore several tips and tricks for increasing listening and teaching instruction comprehension.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

6. 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.

Listening for Intonation Cues

7. 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

8. 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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