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Getting used to Listening in English Liz Chiu – English Language Support Unit Room 319, Centre for Co-Curricular Studies Level 3, Sherfield Building
We provide English classes and individual language support to students and academic staff of Imperial College who need help with spoken and written English. Register online: We have classes for : Undergraduates, MSc/MRes, PhDs, Academic Staff PhD English Requirement > follow instructions on our website English Language Support Unit
South Kensington Campus Support for PhD students Support for MSc/MRes students Support for Undergraduate and Erasmus students Support for academic staff Listening and Speaking classes Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) course Writing and Presentation clinics
Blackboard Online Materials New this year:https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/ WRITINGREADINGLISTENINGSPEAKING VOCABULARY Exercises for self-testing, links to useful sites, custom-made software Access is given via class registration. Details on website.
Face to Face Conversation The main aim of this project is to compile the evidence that exists in support of this theory and then consider arguments which refute it. Once we’ve done that, we need to assess the.. Themainaimofthisp rojectistocompile theevidencethat… Once we’ve done that, we The main aim of this
Face to Face: Tell the speaker what you need. The main aim of this project is to compile the evidence that exists in support of this theory and then consider arguments which refute it. Once we’ve done that, we need to assess the.. Themainaimofthisp rojectistocompile theevidencethat… Once we’ve done that, we The main aim of this Could you speak up, please? Sorry, could you slow down a little, please? I didn’t quite catch the last bit. What was that again? I’m afraid you’ve lost me
Which English listening situations are new to you? Face to face Videos Lectures
Getting used to Listening at Imperial College English Lessons / Listening Tests Prepared for students: basic vocabulary slow speech Listening at Imperial College Assumes native speaker understanding: everyday expressions and common phrases normal speed, i.e. much faster than your English lessons many accents in International Science – students, researchers, professors There’s a difference between:
Listening at Imperial: What are the main differences? Accents? Speed?Vocabulary? Formal / Informal academic / technical idiomatic phrases If it’s slow, it’ll be easier. British / American Chinese / European Indian / other varieties
Slow and Fast Speech (exercise from pronunciation textbook) Compare these sentences being said twice: 1slowly and carefully 2at normal speed You couldn’t give me a lift, could you? Has he been to see you since Saturday? I asked her for the best tickets they’d got left. Do you mind moving along a bit? English Pronunciation in Use (Advanced), by Martin Hewings, CUP
What’s your listening ‘speed limit’? Listening Advice: To go faster… practise listening to people who speak fast e.g. radio presenters, movie stars regularly watch a TV series with fast-speaking characters e.g. ‘House’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Listen to chat shows (spontaneous speech)
Fundamentals of Pronunciation Brett Harmony – English Language Support Unit Tomorrow!
International Science Molecular Cooking is Cooking: Molecular Gastronomy is a Scientific Activity Distinguished Postgraduate Speaker Lecture 30 November 2009
What’s your ‘time limit’ for listening in English? 20 minutes 40 minutes 1 hour 2 hours + Practise listening longer Listen to things you enjoy - relaxed listening English music, sport, TV comedy, YouTube Watch movies you’ve already seen in your own language Prepare for lectures Do you get a headache from listening to English for a long time?
Lectures : Formal / Informal Language FORMAL informal of great significance ensure familiarise yourself with resolve assist examine substantial really important take a look at make sure lend a hand get used to sort out gigantic
Speaking and Writing: Prof Nutt on Drugs (writing) Categories of harm There are three main factors that together determine the harm associated with any drug of potential abuse: the physical harm to the individual user caused by the drug; the tendency of the drug to induce dependence; and the effect of drug use on families, communities, and society. Lancet 2007; 369: 1047–53 Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse Prof David Nutt FMedSci, Leslie A King PhD, William Saulsbury MA and Prof Colin Blakemore FRS
Speaking and Writing: Prof Nutt on Drugs (speaking) They used three criteria: One is what the drug does to the person who takes it. If it stops you breathing, that’s a serious problem. And then there’s the issue of how addictive drugs are. An addictive drug tends to lead people to use more of it because they can’t break the habit. And then the third aspect of drug use, the third harm – group of harms - come from the consequences to society Horizon : Is Alcohol worse than Ecstasy? BBC2 5/2/08 9pm
Compare written and Spoken vocabulary physical harm to the individual what the drug does to the person who takes it tendency to induce dependence how addictive drugs are An addictive drug tends to lead people to use more of it because they can’t break the habit
Lectures: Tips for Listening (useful strategies) Read before you go lecture noteslecture notes books, websites in Englishbooks, websites in English »learn technical vocabulary Get there early Sit at the front, see + hear everythingSit at the front, see + hear everything Ask Questions Make a recording note the time when you don’t understandnote the time when you don’t understand Discuss and compare notes afterwards
Get Used to Listening in English Liz’s Listening Motto Faster Longer Deeper
Regular Listening Practice English Language Support Unit Resources BlackboardBlackboard Language Lab 2 (Centre for Co-Curricular Studies)Language Lab 2 (Centre for Co-Curricular Studies) Language PairsLanguage Pairs Listening and Speaking ClassesListening and Speaking Classes Online resources for regular practice Web video, YouTube, Films, News ChannelsWeb video, YouTube, Films, News Channels PodcastsPodcasts BBC iPlayer - TV, RadioBBC iPlayer - TV, Radio
The English Language Support Unit (ELSU) offers classes and support to students and members of the College who are not native speakers of English. Programmes at South Kensington campus for: Undergraduate and Erasmus students MSc and MRes students PhD researchers Academic Visitors / Staff Full details on our webpages English Language Support Unit