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- Do your research. There are lots of great ways for students to practice listening.
- Do comp checks. Stop every once in a while and make sure students understand what is being said.
- Look online. There are lots of lesson plans and worksheets in the lesson planning link.
- Walk around the room. There are always a couple of students who just don't get it.
- Listen to a variety of accents. It's hard for native English speakers to understand some accents, so imagine what your students are going through.
- Play games. There are ways to make learning fun.
- Use different activities. Multiple choice, fill in the blank/gap, take notes, making speakers to sentences, correct the mistakes, true / false, or yes/no, etc.
- Use the tapescripts. Using both listening and reading will double their comprehension.
- Different listenings. Use interviews, stories, the news, sports, etc for listening exercises.
- Be patient. If you pressure your students it'll only make it harder.
- Dictation. You can use a reading text you've gone over or simply make your own up.
General Test Taking Tips
- Read and follow the instructions. It only takes a minute or two and can save you a lot of time if you look at the instructions.
- Forget cramming. You should study a little every day rather than trying to learn everything the night before.
- Eat breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day and is necessary to help you think.
- Bring your materials. Have your pencils, erasers, watch, and ID ready the night before.
- Go early. Make sure you leave your house ahead of time so that you get to the class a few minutes before the test begins.
- Pace yourself. If you've finished early, go back and check your answers.
- Check your answers. Make sure you haven't made any simple mistakes.
- Don't panic. It's just a test. The worst you can do is fail.
- Don't leave blanks. Guess if you don't know.
Specific Test Taking Tips for Listening
- Skim the questions beforehand. Figure out if you'll need dates, times, names, verbs, etc.
- Beware of false answers. The speaker will often mention all the opinions so don't just pick the first answer you hear.
- Don't tune out. You have to listen to the entire thing.
- Be ready. The first answer to the first question might be in the first sentence. So start listening right from the beginning.
- Synonyms and antonyms. Sometimes none of the answers look correct. For example if the speaker says, "My friend's not tall." the answer might be "short".
- 100% or nothing. Your answer should be 100% correct.
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