(IELTS LISTENING): One of the most essential modules of IELTS consists of the listening part that actually plays a huge role in escalating aggregate bands of an individual in the IELTS TEST. Listening is said to be the easiest module out of the four modules of IELTS.
Commonly, the listening test takes about 30-35 minutes to end and after that, an additional span of 10 minutes is allowed to candidates for transferring answers from the listening sheet to the answer sheet.
So, in that 30-35 minutes, you can do wonders if you have sufficient knowledge and enough practice of listening test. Along with that practice, if you will follow below given steps that can be regarded as GOLDEN RULES in your IELTS journey then I am damn sure no one can stop you from garnering a perfect band 9 in listening.
1.FIRST RULE OF IELTS LISTENING
MAKE YOUR EARS HABITUAL OF LISTENING:
This is the first thing that most people forget to do before initiating their IELTS TRAINING. Generally, candidates, who belong to a country where English is spoken as a native language, easily understand the accent being used in IELTS LISTENING audios.
Further, they do not require to perform extra efforts for getting desired bands in listening cause they are used to of that accent and words due to the usage of the same in their daily life.
On the contrary side, the people that live in a nation where languages other than English are used to communicate, need much more practice of listening in order to achieve 9 bands in listening.
Due to this, they have an urgent need to follow strict routines for establishing their listening skills. The following are some points that can teach us about how to make our ears habitual of listening.
DO NOT JUMP TO IELTS LISTENING RANDOMLY.
This is the most prominent step to be taken by IELTS aspirants.what you need to do first is to go through some other listening audios in English before moving towards IELTS listening audios.
- Listen to native speakers of your region when they speak in English. Like -any speech or interview was given by a celebrity, sportsperson, reporter, or politician of your nation. This may boost your English understanding and assist you in making your ears familiar with English words that you never heard before.
2. WATCH ENGLISH MOVIES WITH SUBTITLES: This is the best way of developing listening skills and learning a foreign accent. In this method, you can enjoy the movie and improvise your listening skills by evaluating how foreigners communicate with each other. Even, if you do not understand any word or line they said, then you can read subtitles for assistance.
3. LISTENING ENGLISH NEWS (BBC NEWS IS BEST)
This will again add to your understanding of British or foreign accents and this the easiest way to develop listening skills in a short time period if you listen to the news daily.
2. SECOND RULE OF IELTS LISTENING
- BEGIN WITH ACTUAL IELTS LISTENING AUDIOS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
1.Firstly, take easy IELTS LISTENING tests to solve.
2.Try to solve at least five tests per day.
3. Analyze your performance by yourself without looking for answers and find mistakes, then score yourself on the basis of correct answers.
4.if you are scoring more than 25 then proceed to hard tests otherwise stick yourself to these tests only.
5.if you are not scoring more than 25 then solve the same test again and over again without actually knowing their answers and listen the same audio on repeat. This will help you to find your own mistakes by yourself. In this way, you can be your own teacher that made you a self-learner.
3. THIRD RULE OF IELTS LISTENING
FOCUS MORE ON YOUR WEAK PART:
After you start scoring more than 25, move on and gather more relevant material for practice to gain a win over your mistakes. This can be regarded as the second stage of your IELTS LISTENING learning and you need to do the following things:
- After following the first two rules, you will be pretty able to know about which part of the listening test you are lagging behind and in which you are doing superb.
2. Plenty of people find the first and fourth parts of the listening test to be the easiest one because the first part and forth part mostly contain blanks and that seems much easier to achieve a score of 18 out of them both.
However, the second part and third part seems difficult a little bit. The only reason is that it contains some confusing questions like map and MCQs, for sure. The only thing that makes them harder is the presence of more than two speakers at a time.
3. Yes, there may be three or more speakers conversing with each other and it becomes difficult to recognize easily who is speaking at a particular time. The second thing that makes the MCQs part jumbled is the availability of options that are closely related to each other and it turns out to be quite difficult to find the final and most suitable answer out of the three or four options.
So, all you need to do is fix your mistakes by practicing more on the part you are lagging behind in.
4. FOURTH RULE OF IELTS LISTENING
- Apart from mistakes, you have to be perfect in parts in which you are doing good. As I mentioned earlier that it is easy to score 18 marks in part first and forth but there are some little things that you need to keep in mind and have to learn them consistently in order to gain a score 20 in these parts. That is-
1.LEARN WORD SPELLS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
As no options are provided in listening for choosing answers in the first and fourth parts. So, you have to be accurate in spelling various words.
2. YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN SINGULAR OR PLURAL FORM OF ANSWER.
You have to be aware of what has been written on the sheet along with what has been said in the audio. You need to take care of either the answer should be written in singular or plural form in order to avoid losing a mark. You should be clever enough to mold the answers.
5. FIFTH RULE OF IELTS LISTENING
- KEEP EXPERIMENTING ON IELTS LISTENING.
After following all the above rules, you will be able to earn a 40/40 score in your listening practice tests but even then you need to keep practicing by modifying the speed of audio being playing in order to practice more effectively.
Firstly, you can intensify the speed from normal to .5× of your listening audio. After being addicted to .5×, level it up to 1.5×.
These tactics will help you in scoring a perfect band 9 easily if the speed of listening audio in your exam would be more than normal. In this way, if you already would have practiced on high-speed audio you will not lose your marks.
At last, it can be said that it is not that hard to earn 9 bands in listening that people usually think of. The only need of the hour is to follow some strategy and do some hard work along with the above-mentioned rules that can make it easier for people to gain 9 bands in IELTS LISTENING.
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