Welcome to the Listening lessons
Listening is the first of the four language skills. There is an old proverb which says, ‘Nature gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Of all the four skills listening is the most neglected skill in schools and colleges. Learners are expected merely to learn to read and write in English. But with technological development, speaking and listening have achieved greater significance. The more we listen, the more ideas and ways we have to speak But the question which often comes to learners’ mind is that how we can hear a lot of English when we are not in an English-speaking country or family? Fortunately, there are many ways of hearing English in almost all countries of the world.
You can receive English language radio in most countries. Two of the best international networks are the BBC World Service and Voice of America. Both of them have special programmes for learners of English.
TV is an excellent resource for hearing and listening to English. The pictures help you understand what is being said. If you don't have access to English-language TV, you may be able to watch TV on Internet.
It is now a lot easier to hear English by Internet. If you're reading this at your computer, you can probably listen to some English-language radio news right now, without even moving! To be able to listen to radio on the Internet, you'll need to have special software called a "player" installed in your computer.
Songs in English are everywhere. Listen to them often. Buy some cassettes or CDs, or make recordings, and try to write the words for an entire song. But choose one that is not too difficult. That means it should be reasonably slow, and with real words sung clearly.
Outside the English-speaking world, many large cities have cinemas that show films in English, usually with sub-titles. Make it a habit to go to these films. If you need to read the sub-titles, at least you'll be hearing English even if you don't understand it.
Video has one really great advantage. You can play it again . . . and again. You can use video to watch film cassettes that you buy or borrow. If there are sub-titles, you can cover them with paper (which you can remove if you really don't understand after listening several times). And you can use video to record programmes from television and then watch them several times to improve your understanding.
Try to make friends with English-speaking people so that you can practise your English through conversation. Of course, this will practise your speaking as well as your listening. And if you don't have a lot of time to go out and meet people, at least you can chat a little by telephone. Finally, don't worry if you don't understand everything you hear. Hearing comes first! Understanding comes next!
There is an old proverb which says, 'Nature gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Of all the four skills listening is the most neglected skill in schools and colleges. Learners are expected merely to learn to read and write in English. But with technological development, speaking and listening have achieved greater significance.