IELTS Energy 231: Two Activities to Understand Three People on IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening three people on recordingIt can be hard to understand when you have to listen to three people speaking at the same time on the IELTS.

Today you’ll get two activities to help you understand the conversation when three people are speaking on the IELTS Listening test.

This kind of listening script with three people is not common but it does happen sometimes.

 

Listening test:

  • Sections 1 and 3 are dialogues (but sometimes there are three people)
  • Sections 2 and 4 are monologues

 

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How can you practice listening to three voices together?

  • Step 1: Practice with sitcom scenes or movie scenes. Don’t watch the whole thing. Watch short clips of about 5 minutes. Branch out beyond Friends and find something new. Go to hulu.com and find a new show you like. Try ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX. Comedy Central is a great place to find clips also.
  • Step 2: Next, watch your clip with subtitles. Turn on the closed captioning. Watch the subtitles so that you understand everything.
  • Step 3: Watch it again without the subtitles.
  • Step 4: Turn on the clip again and close your eyes. Practice understanding what the people are saying. Associate an image with a voice and differentiate between the voices.

 

*Another resource idea:

Use podcasts! It’s hard to think of podcasts that have 3 or more people.

Two comedy podcasts that Jessica likes:

  • How Did This Get Made? (a podcast with four comedians every time and they watch a bad movie and make fun of it for an hour)
  • Comedy Bang Bang (this is all improv and skits with crazy characters and they laugh the whole time)

 

How to use these:

1- Listen for understanding

2- Go back and listen again. Write four new vocabulary words or phrases. Look them up for the meaning.

3- Listen again and try to pick up on those words that you wrote down.

 

Let us know in the comments if you have tried these activities.

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  • Activity #1 : Practice listening to three voices together
    1) Watch a short clip of sitcom or movie scene or news with subtitles
    2) Watch it again without the subtitles
    3) Turn on the clip again , connect a person with the voice by closing your eyes and understand what these people are saying .
    Activity #2 :
    1) Listen for general understanding
    2) Listen again . Write new voc or phrases with the meaning .
    3) Listen one more time and pick up your new words that you wrote down .