Hello. I am always telling students how important it is to listen to English when you are outside the classroom.We do a listening exercise from the course book most lessons. But learning to listen is a slow process.It is vital to practise as much as you can in your free time. The rule is, as with financial accounts, "a little, but often".
Listening can include listening to the radio, to your favourite songs or watching a move or TV series. Let's take the radio as an example.
Many students are discouraged by the idea of listening to the radio, they say. They are afraid they won't understand every word. I say, don't worry about understanding every word.
Instead, try to get the general idea of the speech. You will get better at this with time, especially if you follow the rule of "a little, but often".
Try BBC Radio Four, which is approximately equivalent to Italian RAI GR 1. Here is a special website, "Radio Four In Four". The page you will see shows links to 'clips', or short extracts, from longer programmes.
Browse around. You could be interested in "Why Faith Seems Alive and Well in Social Media", or maybe you fancy "I Face Discrimination in the US as a Lawyer Because I'm a Woman". These are moderately long - 9 minutes 48 and 13' 30'' respectively.
So how about something shorter? "Why You Should Stop Buying Large Eggs" is just over three minutes. Let's listen to this clip now. Below are a few simple questions about it. Note carefully! Unlike "Learning English", there are no subtitles or transcripts to help you.
- What does the British Association of Free Range Egg Producers recommend customers to buy?
- Leicester egg farmer Bill Crawley says large eggs weigh between ___ and ___ grams, while a medium egg is ___ to ___ grams.
- What is one disadvantage of buying a larger egg?
- How do supermarkets encourage producers to produce large eggs?
Don't worry about understanding every single word. Just get the general message..Then send in your answers in a Comment.
Happy listening - and keep exploring "Radio Four in Four"!