The listening challenge

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 September, 2008, 12:00am

When I did some advanced level listening exercises recently, I found them much more difficult than before.

Although the speed of the recording was faster, I could still understand the dialogue.

However, it was difficult for me to write quickly. I jotted down notes during the recording, but there was not enough information for me to answer the questions.

I tried to use some symbols to help me but I forgot what they meant. I was very frustrated.

But I will still try my best to improve my listening skills.

I believe if I really work hard, it will be worth it in the end.

Ho Hei-man, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you, Hei-man, for your letter. I am sure many students feel confused about the listening tests. They can be quite scary.

When things are new they are always a bit worrying. But you will become used to the work, just as you have learned to write such good letters.

The trick to doing a good listening test is to go through the questions first. Make a mark under key words in those questions. That way, when you hear the script you will automatically be alerted to record an answer. Remember, you can always go back and check your answers at the end.

Writing in pencil will help you to cross out answers you don't need and you can clean up your work later.

Each week the Young Post has a brand new listening test in the paper and you can hear the script on our website. Practice makes perfect.

Susan, Editor