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Ch 4: Listening Skills

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Improve your listening skills with this self-paced online chapter. You can use this convenient lesson and quiz collection to strengthen your listening abilities for upcoming exams or work situations.

Listening Skills - Chapter Summary

Check out these engaging lessons to review basic listening techniques and concepts. As you work through the chapter, you'll become familiar with the overall listening process, as well as signal words, transitions, main points, intonation cues and much more. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the stages of the listening process
  • Use active listening techniques
  • Identify signal words and transitions while listening
  • Listen for basic comprehension, tone, attitude and intonation cues
  • Pay attention to agreement and disagreement
  • Distinguish main points, facts and opinions though listening
  • Label visual representations from listening texts

The chapter is available 24/7, and you can use any Internet-connected device to study. The short and concise nature of these lessons helps you quickly move through the chapter and remember important terms/concepts. We've also included lesson quizzes and a chapter exam so you can retain your knowledge.

9 Lessons in Chapter 4: Listening Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples

2. What Is Active Listening? - Techniques, Definition & Examples

Have you ever felt that you had been heard but not understood? If so, chances are that the person you were talking with was not actively listening.This lesson defines active listening and provides specific techniques that can be used.

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 Basic Comprehension

4. Listening for Basic Comprehension

The basic level of listening is not difficult, but it takes some skill. Developing listening skills is important for many different people from virtually all walks of life.

Listening for Tone & Attitude

5. 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.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

6. 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

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 the Main Point

8. 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

9. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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