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Week 5: Listening

Introduction

This week of the course is written by Olly Richards.

Last week, you looked at the first of the four language skills, speaking. When asked why they are learning a language, most people say ‘because I want to speak it’. Although speaking is an important skill, for me listening is the key skill, and this week I will show you why, and guide you through core study skills to develop your listening.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • understand what is involved in listening
  • find out about the difference between intensive and extensive listening
  • understand the different types of authentic and graded audio, and look for audio resources for yourself.