In this report, we will practice listening to a short interesting online lecture
- Finding one
- preparing to listen
- knowing what to listen for
- taking notes
- sharing and discussing the topic with a partner
1) Visit the TED website (link)
- Select the option for a short talk (no more than 12 mins)
- Select a topic (e.g. Technology, Education)
- Look for an interesting title
- Watch 20 seconds. If they speak too fast or have a difficult accent, choose again.
2) When you have chosen a talk
- Watch at least one minute with no help.
- Then, if you need them, watch it with English subtitles or transcript
- Then, if you REALLY need them, try the Japanese subtitles.
- Finally, go back and try to watch it one more time with no help
3) Doing an RR outline? Follow the general instructions
Finished your RR outline? Remember!
- You can get up to 5 participation points for extra reading and listening.
- Check your syllabus for details
- You do not need to write a full RR outline to get participation points.
- Just log input instead.
For SSGB classes!
You are also using the green textbook. Check which one you need for each RR
- Find the listening materials
- Learn the vocab and do the vocab quizzes (e.g. Contemporary Topics 1A - p3-4)
- Read the strategy for the chapter
- ("Strategies from the green book", below)
- e.g. 1A is "listen for firstly/secondly"
- Listen and answer the quiz questions (e.g. 1A: p6-7)
- Do a normal RR report using the outline template.
- Do a normal outline, summary, and questions
- No APA necessary for this report
- RR title is "Outline of CT Chapter 1A"
General tips for listening to lectures
Tips for listening to a lecture
- Review what you already know about the topic - read your notes or just think
- Read something about the topic, and learn any special vocabulary.
- Get a recorder (recording app) so you can record the lecture
What to listen for.
You do not usually quote lectures, so you do not need to copy every word.
- Instead, use lectures to FIND and ORGANISE ideas. Listen for:
- Important terms you need to know
- Important Authors / Books / Articles you should read next
- Important links between things.
- Important agreements/disagreements
- Which ideas are old, and which are new
- The lecturer's attitude to a topic. (You can disagree, but don't ignore)
Other practice sources for free lectures
See "Study Skills: Useful Tools and Websites"
Taking notes on lectures
- Lectures are too fast and too hard to take 100% English notes
- Copy only short quotes in English.
- Take most notes as summary (paraphrase) in Japanese
- For your RR outline, type up your notes IN ENGLISH
- For reading log, handwritten Japanese/English notes are OK, but you will present IN ENGLISH, so take a note of any English words you will need
- Lectures are fast - use short-cuts when writing common words. For example
|"is" || =|
|"is not" || ≠|
|"number" || #|
|"and" || +|
Mind maps or Outlines?
|Outlines are better for reading. ||Maps are better for lectures,|
|Outlines are easy when you type. ||Maps are easier when you hand-write|
|Outlines are good for organised information |
lectures are usually not organised
|Maps are better with disorganised informtion |
e.g. if the speaker keeps switching topics
|Outlines are also for PLANNING essays. ||Maps are also good for GETTING IDEAS for essays|
OPTION: Try "Cornell" style
1) Draw the lines as shown (You can buy Cornell notebooks in Loft)
2) Take notes in the right hand box
3) After class/lecture, write keywords to the left
4) After class lecture, write a summary in the middle
5) For my class, dont forget questions + APA (add them to the summary box.
6) Review: cover the middle and try to remember using the left column
7) For more info, see (link)
Download "TEMPLATE for RR Cornell style" if you want to type.
If you are going to handwrite the notes, that's OK. Follow the template
Summary of Strategies from the green book
1A: Listen for STRUCTURE and ORDER words so you know where you are
There are three reasons - A, B, and C
1B: Listen for CAUSES and EFFECTS. Draw them in notes as arrows ---->
X is a result of Y Y, because X X causes Y
2A: Listen for details when speakers ANSWER their OWN QUESTION.
So, what happens when ....
Now, what do we know about X? Well.....
So, what would be an example of X? One example would be...
What did we learn today? Well,...
2B: Listen for important TERMS and DEFINITIONS. Draw them in notes as =
X means DEFINITION X, which is DEFINITION
X, that is when DEFINITION X, also called Y
3A: Listen for EXAMPLES:
For example A second example is For instance
3B: Try to predict what you are about to hear.
4A: Listen for Comparisons and Contrasts.
X and Y are both Z X. On the other hand, Y
X, like Y, is Z X. However, Y
X, and likewise, Y. While X, Y.
4B: Listen for SUMMARIES
The central/main/key point is
In conclusion / To conclude
What this means is...
You should read You have to look at You need to write
Read Look at Write
5B: Listen for details (numbers, dates, years)