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getting used to listening in english liz chiu english language support unit

Getting used to Listening in EnglishLiz Chiu – English Language Support Unit

  • Room 319, Centre for Co-Curricular Studies
  • Level 3, Sherfield Building
english language support unit
English Language Support Unit
  • We provide English classes and individual language support to students and academic staff of Imperial College who need help with spoken and written English.
  • Register online:
  • http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/humanities/englishlanguagesupport
  • We have classes for :
  • Undergraduates, MSc/MRes, PhDs, Academic Staff
  • PhD English Requirement
  • > follow instructions on our website
south kensington campus
South Kensington Campus
  • Support for PhD students
  • Support for MSc/MRes students
  • Support for Undergraduate and Erasmus students
  • Support for academic staff
  • Listening and Speaking classes
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) course
  • Writing and Presentation clinics
blackboard online materials
Blackboard Online Materials
  • New this year: https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/
  • WRITING READING LISTENING SPEAKING
  • VOCABULARY
  • Exercises for self-testing, links to useful sites, custom-made software
  • Access is given via class registration.
  • Details on website.
face to face conversation
Face to Face Conversation
  • The main aim of this project is to compile the evidence that exists in support of this theory and then consider arguments which refute it. Once we’ve done that, we need to assess the ..
  • Themainaimofthisprojectistocompile theevidencethat…
  • Once we’ve done that, we cmpile
  • The main aim of this roje ctisto co
face to face tell the speaker what you need
Face to Face: Tell the speaker what you need.
  • The main aim of this project is to compile the evidence that exists in support of this theory and then consider arguments which refute it. Once we’ve done that, we need to assess the ..
  • Could you speak up, please?
  • Themainaimofthisprojectistocompile theevidencethat…
  • Sorry, could you slow down a little, please?
  • Once we’ve done that, we cmpile
  • I didn’t quite catch the last bit. What was that again?
  • The main aim of this roje ctisto co
  • I’m afraid you’ve lost me
getting used to listening at imperial college
Getting used to Listening at Imperial College
  • There’s a difference between:
  • English Lessons / Listening Tests
  • Prepared for students:
  • basic vocabulary
  • slow speech
  • Listening at Imperial College
  • Assumes native speaker understanding:
  • everyday expressions and common phrases
  • normal speed, i.e. much faster than your English lessons
  • many accents in International Science
    • – students, researchers, professors
listening at imperial what are the main differences
Listening at Imperial: What are the main differences?
  • Accents? Speed? Vocabulary?
  • British / American
  • Chinese / European
  • Indian / other varieties
  • Formal / Informal
  • academic / technical
  • idiomatic phrases
  • If it’s slow, it’ll be easier.
slow and fast speech
Slow and Fast Speech
  • (exercise from pronunciation textbook)
  • Compare these sentences being said twice:
  • slowly and carefully
  • at normal speed
  • You couldn’t give me a lift, could you?
  • Has he been to see you since Saturday?
  • I asked her for the best tickets they’d got left.
  • Do you mind moving along a bit?
  • English Pronunciation in Use (Advanced), by Martin Hewings, CUP
slide11

What’s your listening ‘speed limit’?

  • Listening Advice: To go faster…

practise listening to people who speak fast

e.g. radio presenters, movie stars

regularly watch a TV series with fast-speaking characters

e.g. ‘House’ ‘Big Bang Theory’

Listen to chat shows (spontaneous speech)

fundamentals of pronunciation
Fundamentals of Pronunciation
  • Brett Harmony –
  • English Language Support Unit
  • 12.30 - Tomorrow!
international science
International Science
  • Distinguished Postgraduate Speaker Lecture 30 November 2009
  • Molecular Cooking is Cooking:
  • Molecular Gastronomy is a Scientific Activity
  • http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/media/speciallecturesarchive/2009onlinelectures
slide14

What’s your ‘time limit’ for listening in English?

  • 20 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 2 hours +
  • Do you get a headache from listening to English for a long time?
  • Practise listening longer
  • Listen to things you enjoy - relaxed listening
  • English music, sport, TV comedy, YouTube
  • Watch movies you’ve already seen in your own language
  • Prepare for lectures
slide15

Lectures : Formal / Informal Language

  • FORMAL informal
  • of great significance
  • ensure
  • familiarise yourself with
  • resolve
  • assist
  • examine
  • substantial
  • sort out
  • lend a hand
  • gigantic
  • get used to
  • take a look at
  • make sure
  • really important
speaking and writing prof nutt on drugs writing
Speaking and Writing: Prof Nutt on Drugs (writing)

Categories of harm

There are three main factors that together determine the harm associated with any drug of potential abuse: the physical harm to the individual user caused by the drug; the tendencyof the drug toinduce dependence; and the effect of drug use on families, communities, and society.

Lancet 2007; 369: 1047–53

Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse

Prof David Nutt FMedSci, Leslie A King PhD, William Saulsbury MA and Prof Colin Blakemore FRS

speaking and writing prof nutt on drugs speaking
Speaking and Writing: Prof Nutt on Drugs (speaking)

They used three criteria: One is

what the drug does to the person who takes it.

If it stops you breathing, that’s a serious problem.

And then there’s the issue of

how addictive drugs are.

An addictive drug tends to lead people

to use more of it because

they can’t break the habit.

And then the third aspect of drug use, the third harm –

group of harms - come from

the consequences to society

  • Horizon : Is Alcohol worse than Ecstasy?BBC25/2/08 9pm
compare written and spoken vocabulary
Compare written and Spoken vocabulary

physical harm to the individual

what the drug does to the person who takes it

tendency to induce dependence

how addictive drugs are

An addictive drug tends to lead people

to use more of it because they can’t break the habit

lectures tips for listening useful strategies
Lectures: Tips for Listening (useful strategies)

Read before you go

lecture notes

books, websites in English

learn technical vocabulary

Get there early

Sit at the front, see + hear everything

Ask Questions

Make a recording

note the time when you don’t understand

Discuss and compare notes afterwards

get used to listening in english
Get Used to Listening in English
  • Liz’s Listening Motto
  • Faster
  • Longer
  • Deeper
regular listening practice
Regular Listening Practice

English Language Support Unit Resources

Blackboard

Language Lab 2 (Centre for Co-Curricular Studies)

Language Pairs

Listening and Speaking Classes

Online resources for regular practice

Web video, YouTube, Films, News Channels

Podcasts

BBC iPlayer - TV, Radio

english language support unit1

The English Language Support Unit (ELSU) offers classes and support to students and members of the College who are not native speakers of English.

Programmes at South Kensington campus for:

Undergraduate and Erasmus students

MSc and MRes students

PhD researchers

Academic Visitors / Staff

Full details on our webpages

English Language Support Unit