Listening is a critical element of language learning for non-native English speakers. Studies have shown that, through the normal course of a day, listening is used nearly twice as much as speaking and four to five times as much as reading and writing.
In a study of Fortune 500 corporations, researchers found that listening was perceived to be an essential skill for communication at work. It helps with regards to employment, job success, general career competence, managerial skills, and the effectiveness of relationships between employees.
It's no surprise, then, that one of the most common questions directed to OISE language coaches is, ‘How can I improve my listening skills?’. The resources below provide you with options for developing your skills whatever your level of English.
Besides speaking English as much as you can while living in Britain or the United States, the Internet is a great tool to turn to for listening practice. Here are three English language websites (for both American English and British English) that OISE coaches recommend:
This website is designed for students preparing for the IELTS exam, but its great for any language learner at any level. The resources, which include transcripts, cover a wide range of everyday topics helping you to develop your vocabulary. Downloadable exercises mean you can test yourself as you go and check on your progress.
Known in the States as NPR, National Public Radio is the American radio broadcast network. One of its programs, “NPR News Now,” publishes a new bulletin every hour, each under five minutes long. Listening to the news can introduce you to words and phrases that might not come up in general conversation. This is recommended for upper intermediate to advanced learners.
If you'd like to perfect your British accent, this is the perfect tool to use. This website offers six-minute lessons for English-language learners of all levels. Each listening exercise includes a transcript and a list of vocabulary words.
With one-to-one and small group options, our English language training will help you to become a confident and eloquent communicator. To find out more simply contact the OISE team or request a brochure by post or instant download.