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4 Techniques to Improve Your Listening Skills in English - Tips from an ESL Teacher

As an English teacher who uploads lessons on YouTube, I often come across students who struggle with listening skills. Listening is an essential part of language learning, and it is essential for students to improve their listening skills. Here are some tips and techniques that can help students improve their listening skills.

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Shadowing is a technique that involves listening to an audio recording of a native speaker and repeating the words and phrases at the same time. This technique helps to improve listening skills, pronunciation, and fluency. Students can find English audio recordings on YouTube or other language learning websites to practice this technique.


Dictation is an excellent way to improve listening skills and spelling. In dictation, a teacher or an audio recording reads a passage, and the students write down what they hear. This technique helps students to improve their listening comprehension, focus, and attention to detail.


Students can improve their listening comprehension by listening to English news, podcasts, and movies. They can start with simple content and gradually move to more complex materials. Additionally, students can use closed captions to check their understanding of the content.


Active listening involves focusing on what the speaker is saying and trying to understand the message. Students can practice active listening by paying attention to non-verbal cues, asking questions, and paraphrasing what the speaker is saying. This technique helps students to improve their overall communication skills.


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Here is an example of how these techniques can be used together. Suppose I uploaded a YouTube video on idioms in English. Students can listen to the video, practice shadowing the idioms and phrases, and then do a dictation exercise. They can also listen to an English news broadcast or a movie with closed captions to practice their listening comprehension. Finally, students can engage in active listening by discussing the idioms with a partner and trying to use them in conversation.

In conclusion, students can use various techniques such as shadowing, dictation, listening comprehension practice, and active listening to enhance their listening skills. As an English teacher, I encourage my students to practice some or all of these techniques regularly to improve their listening and overall language proficiency.



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