Your language skills are connected to each other just like a chain. This chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If your listening skills are weak, your English abilities are “fragile” as well.
Improving your English listening skills is the first thing we need to focus on when you start to learn English.
But, maybe you wonder: “I’m trying to practice listening to English, but I can’t understand a single word at all. Why is this?”
Actually, this isn’t an easy question.
But, do you agree that there are many students who’ve been extremely successful in learning to listen to English? They can fully understand conversations in blockbuster films like “Fast and Furious”, “Harry Potter”, etc. Also, they can easily communicate with others in English, both confidently and naturally.
How do they do it? Do they have some secret to learn English that you may not know?
In fact, to learn to listen to English effectively requires one key factor that most ESL students have simply missed.
Today, I’m going to share with you a basic and effective technique to master English listening. If you use this method seriously, your listening skills will improve so dynamically that you and your friends will be pleasantly surprised.
It´s called Deep Listening.
Whether your purpose for learning English is communication, the TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS tests, this is the ideal technique to perfect your listening skills.
Let’s dive in!
First, you need to know that you cannot remember what you don’t understand.
You may know the technique called “passive listening”, popular with lots of people.
What is this method about?
Passive listening. Listening without understanding: Listen! And don´t understand.
Actually, it doesn’t work. It may play a small role in learning English. But passive listening is plainly not enough.
Why doesn’t it work?
According to the Stephen Krashen’s Theory of Second Language Acquisition,
Comprehension when listening is a crucial step to improve your listening skills.
So many students listen to English without fully understanding the technique. They listen anywhere and anytime, but they don’t pay enough attention to really understand the listening materials.
Respectively, so many students have sent me email crying: “I spend a huge amount of time and money, but in the end, I’ve got nothing. My listening is still really really bad! What can I do to improve my skills, and soon? Please help me.”
No worries! Our Deep Listening Technique, which is not normal passive listening material, helps you work it out. You surely will improve your skills with Deep Listening. Stay tuned!
The secret to getting 405/495 points on the TOEIC speaking test after only 1 month.
Understanding content is the key factor to the Deep Listening Technique.
What exactly is the Deep Listening Technique?
To use the technique, you need only to take the following 3 steps:
- Listen without trying to understand.
- Next, understand the content.
- Last, listen and make use of all the material.
Listen actively, instead of passively.
Instead of listening and filling in the gaps, try to listen to catch the big picture or the whole story, not just single words.
Before revealing the final steps you need to apply this technique to learning English. Let’s take a look at one student´s story:
The bottom line is: Deep listening DOES work!
How do you apply Deep Listening effectively? You´ll see right now.
4 Intensive Steps to Deep Listening
There are 4 steps that you need to succeed:
- Step 1: Choose the right audio to listen to
- Step 2: Listen to get familiar and understand the main points
- Step 3: Listen to understand details
- Step 4: Listen deep into the audio
The magical thing that Deep Listening brings to you. It´s useful for all English learning purposes.
Step 1: Choose the Right Audio to Listen to
- Choose those with transcripts, 1-2 minutes long;
- Choose those that match your level of English: You can choose from the course you are taking now (Communicative English, TOEIC, IELTS, or from popular English learning website such as VOA, BBC, etc. These sites categorize their materials by level).
Basic Level Sample
Lesson 01 – Eng Breaking
Point of View – Present Tense Story – Beginner Speed
Point of View – Present Tense Story – Native Speed
Pre-Intermediate Level Sample:
Lesson 01 – Eng Breaking:
Conversation – Beginner Speed
Conversation – Native Speed
Step 2: Listen to Get Familiar and Understand Main Points
- The purpose of this step is to familiarize yourself with the listening materials and understand is main points.
- Don´t use transcripts or dictionaries at this step.
- Listen to the chosen audio 3-5 times, completely from beginning to end.
- Feel free to guess what the listening is about by catching words, expressions, and intonation.
Step 3: Listen to Understand Details
- Listen to the chosen audio again, from 3-5 times. Now the purpose is to fully understand.
- Follow the transcripts and use dictionaries if necessary, but don’t overly depend on them.
- Listen until you can fully understand all the material.
Step 4: Listen Deep Into the Audio
Once you can fully understand the audio, listen to it again 2-3 times to make sure that you understand every detail of the chosen audio by listening, without looking at the transcript or a dictionary. Let’s practice this listening one more time:
Conversation – Native Speed
Congrats! You’ve gone through the Deep Listening Technique from start to finish. Now it’s time to practice listening to English effectively.
Oops! I almost forgot…
You should use this technique when practicing listening English every single day. Also, we'd like to show you the Catching Up Technique – train your ears, your mouth muscles, and you can start to master English speaking skills only after 3 months.
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