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IELTS Listening Ep. 1

This video introduces IELTS Live Online to new learners and IELTS Listening. You will find downloadable material, a summary, techniques and tips, as well as other important information about this skill below.


Lesson summary:

Episode: 1

In today's lesson, the teacher briefly introduces the curriculum to all new learners and then proceeds to explain the format and structure of the IELTS Listening module.


Test Content:

  1. Section 1: Social Situation:

    • A conversation between two speakers in a social context (e.g., a conversation about booking a hotel room).

  2. Section 2: Educational or Training Context:

    • A monologue or conversation related to education or training (e.g., a talk about a campus facility).

  3. Section 3: Workplace or Training Context:

    • A conversation or monologue in a workplace or training setting (e.g., a discussion among university students).

  4. Section 4: Academic Context:

    • A lecture or talk in an academic context (e.g., a university lecture on a specific topic).

Important information:


  • Homework can be submitted via Line only for IELTS Speaking.

  • Listening, Reading, and Writing must only be submitted by email to

  • Students should download the recommended books.

Essential Points

  1. Articles:

    • Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific. There are two types of articles in English: definite (the) and indefinite (a, an). "The" is used when we are talking about a specific item or group, while "a" and "an" are used for non-specific or general items. Articles are an essential part of English grammar and play a crucial role in conveying precise meaning.

  2. Synonyms:

    • Synonyms are words that have similar meanings. In other words, they are different words that can be used interchangeably in certain contexts without changing the overall meaning of a sentence. For example, "happy" and "joyful" are synonyms. Understanding synonyms is valuable for enriching your vocabulary and expressing ideas with variety.

  3. Collocations:

    • Collocations are words that tend to occur together frequently. They are combinations of words or terms that co-occur more often than would be expected by chance. Collocations can be adjective-noun pairs, verb-noun pairs, or other combinations. For example, "strong coffee," "make a decision," or "take a risk" are collocations. Learning collocations enhances natural and fluent language use.

  4. Phrases:

    • In general, a phrase is a group of words that function as a single unit in a sentence. It may consist of two or more words, but it does not have a subject-verb relationship on its own. Phrases can be categorized into different types, such as noun phrases, verb phrases, prepositional phrases, etc. They contribute to the overall structure and meaning of a sentence.


Tips for IELTS Listening:

  1. Context Clues:

    • Pay attention to context to identify synonyms. Sometimes the meaning of a word can be inferred from the surrounding information.

  2. Recognize Collocations:

    • Be aware of common word combinations, as they are often used in spoken English. This awareness enhances your ability to understand natural language use.

  3. Listen for Phrases:

    • Focus on phrases to grasp the meaning of entire sentences. Understanding how words work together in phrases helps in overall comprehension.

  4. Articles and Specificity:

    • Understand the difference between "a" (indefinite article) and "the" (definite article) in terms of specifying whether you are referring to something in general or to a specific instance.

  5. Anticipate Synonyms:

    • Anticipate that questions may use synonyms for words heard in the recording. This skill is particularly important in multiple-choice and sentence completion tasks.

  6. Practice Regularly:

    • Regularly practice listening to a variety of accents and contexts to improve your ability to recognize synonyms, collocations, phrases, and articles.

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