If you have read my previous IELTS Listening lesson, you already know that there are no tips or tricks that can help you get a higher Listening score. The only thing you can do is to practise, practise and practise.
So, how do you practise Listening?
In order to improve your listening abilities, you need to practise listening to English every day, as much as possible. It doesn’t really matter what you listen to. As long as you’re listening to good and standard English, it’s good for you. I would recommend that you watch or listen to programs that you are interested in. Here are some sources that you can look for when practising:
- The BBC 6 Minute English is an excellent program. It is easy to understand, and it provides a large number of useful English words and expressions. If you’re a beginner and find it difficult to understand what the speakers say, they also provide the transcripts for you to read and follow.
- Watch YouTube. Being the most popular video site on the Internet, YouTube contains millions of videos about all kinds of topics. Just go there and search for things that you are interested in. You can watch English TV shows, video-blogs, comedies, sports programs, news… Anything is fine as long as it keeps you interested.
- Watch films. Trust me, watching films and movies is the greatest way to learn a new language. Just watch a movie or a short episode every day, and after a few months you will find your listening skills much better than before.
- Finally, do some practise with the IELTS tests in the Cambridge books. These are official sources, and by using these books, you will familiarise yourself with the real Listening test.
Improving your Listening score is a difficult and long process which requires much time and effort. However, by following my advice in this lesson, you might find it easier to practise.