Listening in a foreign language is a complex process. Clients have to be able to understand the main idea of what is said as well as specific details. They may need to check any predictions they have made, and understand the speaker’s meaning, emotions and opinions. They may have to infer relationships between speakers, or identify the context in which the speakers are operating. Students may well have to use several of these skills in the course of a single listening activity.

This course will explore some of the listening strategies and techniques that contribute directly to the comprehension and recall of listening input. Different listening strategies will be used dependant upon how the listener processes the input. The whole day will be punctuated with activities in many different accents to demonstrate the numerous learning points.

In addition the cultural communication differences will be explained to assist in explaining some of the less obvious barriers to listening.

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