Combing an explicit focus on the Top-down listening skills together with bottom-up decoding skills, all within a communicative framework. Students get practice in listening for meaning and looking at language form. Listening as it was meant to be taught!
The Top-Up Listening series features English as it is actually spoken.
Top-Up gives students practice in drawing meaning from naturally spoken English in two ways: using their knowledge of the world and of the language to guess what's coming next, and using their knowldge of how English is actually structured as a sound.
Whaddaweemean? - how words run together, how sounds are lost, how vowels naturally weaken and entire words are dropped. Without knowledge of such patterns, listening is impossible. Lots of practice! Lots of variety!