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Phonemes (sounds) - Minimal pairs
Some consonants and vowels sound quite similar to each other (minimal pairs). Practise recognising the difference between minimal pairs here.
Letters and numbers
It is very common that you will need to listen for numbers and letters (often when names are spelt) in the first part of the IELTS listening test. Learn how to handle this area effectively here.
Syllables, words and spelling
Recognising syllables is important in order to be able to decode words. It is also very important that you spell words correctly in the IELTS listening test. This section focuses on improving your ability to quickly recognise syllables and words and spell them accurately.
When English speakers talk there are a number of features of connected speech they produce. This section provides practice understanding connected speech and answering IELTS questions which depend on you understanding different features of connected speech.
Note and table completion in part 1 and 2
Completing notes or tables is a very common task in part 1 of the IELTS listening exam.
Paraphrase (same meaning different words)
Understanding paraphrase is a crucial IELTS listening skill. Answers are often given as paraphrases of a question. Understanding paraphrase shows that you fully understand part of a listening and so this section focuses on this essential skill.
Multiple choice questions and part 2 practice
Here we look at strategies for approaching multiple choice questions. This is a common kind of question and can occur in any part of the IELTS exam.
Predicting words and grammar
As you listen you can often predict the words or grammar structures which are coming. Practise this skill here.
Another common task is to label a map while you are listening to someone talk about it. Practice this kind of question here.
Using knowledge of subject and context to improve understanding
In this section, we look at how knowledge of a subject and the context can help you to understand listening passages and answer IELTS listening questions.
Matching exercises and part 2 practice
A common type of question in IELTS requires you to match headings to names, places, events, causes etc. Learn more about this task and how to approach it in the IELTS listening test.
Speakers frequently use reference words e.g. pronouns 'it', 'this', 'they' etc. to refer back to words or ideas that they have already introduced. Making inferences and quickly recognising references can help you to listen and answer some IELTS questions more effectively.
Labelling diagrams (part 3 practice)
Labelling diagrams is a very common type of question in Part 3 of the listening test. Learn more and practise here.
Linking and making inferences
In this section we look at the meaning of linking words. We also look at when linkers are left out and inferences need to be made about the relationships between sentences.
Listening to academic lectures and part 4 practice
In IELTS listening part 4 you will listen to an academic lecture. In this section we will practice skills needed to enhance your understanding of lectures.
Review important information and strategies in this section.
Further IELTS Listening practice
Further IELTS listening test practice is provided here.
The glossaries here contain great quotes about listening and useful IELTS vocabulary (collocations). Feel free to add your own entries to these glossaries if you wish.