Listening skills Class 8 March 28, 2013
Today • Word stress • Listening for: Main topic Important points
Word Stress Used to show several things: - New information - Important information
Word Stress – New information p.15 A: Oh no! I can’t find my wallet.B: Is this it?A: No. Mine’s a brown wallet. Brown with a logo.B: What kind of logo?A: A bull. A bull with horns.B: Ah! Here it is.
Word Stress – New information p. 16 1. Did you say you lost a Gucci purse or was it a Fendi? 2. I bought a cheap briefcase, not an expensive one. 3. Have you seen my yellow shopping bag? It was near the black one. 4. I don’t like those nylon wallets, but the leather wallets are nice. 5. Yes sir, but what kind of briefcase did you lose? 6. I left it on the morning bus, not the afternoon one.
Word Stress – Important information p. 52 A: Billy! I said turn that TV off, not turn it down. It’s time for bed. B: But, Mom, you let me stay up late last night. Why can’t I stay up late tonight? A: Last night was Saturday night. Tonight is Sunday night, and you’ve got school tomorrow.B: But I want to…A: No arguing. It’s time for bed.
Word Stress – Important information p. 53 1. You can’t go today, but you can go tomorrow. 2. You let her do it, but you never let me do it. 3. You’re supposed to be reading school books, not comic books. 4. Ten dollars would be okay, but I really need twenty. 5. He’s more than just a good dad, he’s a good friend, too. 6. It’s ten o’clock. You said you’d be home at nine.
Word Stress – Important information p.66 A: Click on the right button, then a dialogue box will come up.B: Like this?A: No, no. The right button.B: Oh, like this?A: Yeah. Now select Save to Disk.B: This?A: No. Save to Disk.
Word Stress – Important information p. 67 1. Well, that’s a whole lot better than my old machine. 2. Do you want to dub the whole album? 3. Do you see the arrow on the side? 4. Now press the button with the red dot on it. 5. How can I remember all that? 6. Now take the remote control and press the program button.
Word Stress – Uses Listening for word stress is useful for: - Following instructions. - Catching important information. - Determining new information.
Listening for Main Topic + Important Ideas When listening to a lecture, news story, watching a TV program… …it is not always possible to catch EVREY word/phrase. More important are the Main topic of something and the important ideas.
Main Topic What are some ways to find out the main topic of something? - Conversation - News story - Lecture - Radio show
Listening for main/important ideas Tips: 1. Take notes when you can: • - It’s normal to forget things after you hear them. - Writing can help you remember more easily. - Writing something encourages you to focus on and identify the main ideas (and important details). • - Can help you identify what you do and do not understand.
Listening for main/important ideas Tips: 2. Listen for stressed or repeated words/ideas. • - Often, a speaker will put stress on certain words or repeat ideas important to the dialog. • - May rephrase the important information. • - May repeat the important information. • - May summarize the information.
Listening for main/important ideas • The main idea is often given near the beginning of a dialog (the “topic sentence”).
Listening for main/important ideas Tips: 3. Use your own knowledge and experience. • - Try to make connections between what you are hearing and your own knowledge/experience. • i.e., If someone is talking about fishing, and fishing is your hobby, you can use your existing knowledge to help you understand.
Listening for main/important ideas Tips: 4. Make predictions about what is coming next. • - Try to guess what the speaker(s) will say.
Watch the video • Pre-listening: • What kind of phone do you have? • Are you satisfied with the features of your phone? • What features do you think future phones should have?
Watch the video • Take notes! • Think about: • - What is the topic of this discussion? • - What are the important ideas? http://www.ted.com/talks/fabian_hemmert_the_shape_shifting_future_of_the_mobile_phone.html
Homework Check the website from Tomorrow.