This resource provides a variety of listening texts for post-beginner level students. The texts include monologic announcements and transactional and conversational exchanges. They are based on authentic discourse offering highly realistic Australian language.
The workbook is divided into nine units based on themes which contextualise the listening tasks. The audio recording is available on cassette or CD.
The workbook is divided into nine units, each loosely following a theme. Each unit presents a range of activities which focus student attention on the social purpose and language elements of spoken discourse. Pictures are provided to contextualise the spoken texts and students are asked to think about the contexts of language use, to predict what they will hear, to listen globally to the texts and to listen for specific meaningful chunks within the discourse. They are also provided with activities to practise producing the language they have heard. The workbook also contains an answer key and transcriptions of the recorded texts.
The audio recording
The monologic, transactional and conversational texts which correspond to the nine units in the workbook have been recorded onto cassette tape and/or CD. Each spoken text is identified in relation to the workbook activities and sound effects are provided to help contextualise the spoken texts.
To the teacher
This resource has not been designed as a course but to supplement classwork, and each unit stands alone. The pictures in the workbook and the sound effects on the recording may help to contextualise language covered in class.
To the student
If you use this book to practise your listening, follow these instructions:
- Choose a unit you are interested in.
- Look at the pictures.
- Listen to the tape/CD as many times as you need to.
- Do the activities.
- Ask a friend or classmate to help you practise the dialogues.
- Check the answers in the back of the book.
- Ask a teacher or friend to check your ansilers.
You may find it helpfut to read the transcriptions in the back of the book - BUT don't do this until after you have listened many times. If you read the transcriptions as you listen then you are not practising your listening skills.
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