Announcements Listening Strategies
- Analyze all the possible situations related to the topic (where and under what circumstances you can hear the definite announcement).
- Brainstorm topical vocabulary on the topic of the announcement (make a list of 20-30 widespread words that you may hear in the message).
- Practise repeating the brainstormed words to yourself aloud. Make a few partnerships with them.
- Practise speed repeating 5-6 words you hear one by one without changing their order.
- Answering questions in pre-listening activities, always give details, using as many key words on the topic as possible. It’ll help you understand the announcement better.
- Be totally focused on the figures, abbreviations, proper and geographical names to be completed. Make associations, visualize to remember them better.
- Before doing pre-listening activities, scan all the tasks in all three sections (pre-, while- and post-listening), highlighting key words and phrases, picking widespread synonyms of them.
- Remember that peculiar characteristics of any announcement are its length (they are short), conciseness and laconism. So be self-disciplined to catch all the necessary information after the only listening.
Announcements Listening Strategies: doing exercises
- After you have accomplished all Pre-listening tasks, read carefully the instructions and the text of the exercises in while-listening and post-listening parts.
- Mark the figures and dates you can see in the while-listening and post-listening exercises.
- Highlight key words and write them out on a separate piece of paper. Translate them, find synonyms, make word combinations with them to understand the announcement better.
- In order to be ready for filling in the script of an announcement, be attentive to the details, to the way the words are combined into word partnerships: analyze what parts of speech can suit the gaps, what attributes are used, what particles, prepositions, conjunctions follow the verbs, nouns etc.
- Reading the instruction, focus on the number of words you need to write for each answer, try to predict what questions will probably need a) a figure b) time, c) days of the week.
- Read the heading and try to predict the answer before you listen to the announcement.