Task 33: Make a list of reasons why you think non-native speakers might find listening more challenging than reading. 

Listening usually goes at a much more rapid speed than reading, especially for non-native speakers. With reading, people can go according to their level of understanding, as well as re-read and take time to comprehend a sentence.

Task 34: Think of three different situations in which you listened today. Make a note of who you were listening to, your motivation for listening and describe how you listened. 

  1. Nuremberg Nazi Museum Audio guides: Listening for information – intensive.
  2. CELTA interview: Listening for information – intensive.
  3. German radio: Listening for pleasure – skim/gist listening.

Task 35: Match the above sub-skills to the following listening texts.

  1. A lecture for a course you are taking at university. – Intensive listening
  2. A sales pitch for a computer that doesn’t really interest you. However you are at work and you can’t just walk out. – Skim/gist listening.
  3. Announcements at a train station when you are waiting to hear the time of the next train to your destination. – Scan listening.
  4. Instructions from your boss for a new task that is critical for your job. – Intensive listening.
  5. An interview with someone who is famous and whose political opinion you would like to find out about. – Listening to infer meaning.
  6. A radio programme on a topic that is mildly interesting for you. – Skim/gist listening.