IELTS Listening Module
About the IELTS Listening Test
There are four sections in the LISTENING test. Each section has 10 questions, making a total of 40 questions. The sections become progressively more difficult. The answers to the questions come in the same order as the information on the recordings. The test lasts about 30 minutes, including the instructions, reading and listening time, and the time allowed for transferring answers from the questions paper to an answer sheet. The instructions are included on the recording. Approximately 30 seconds are available to study the questions before the test begins.
Section 1 is a conversation between two speakers on an everyday social topic. This means that you listen to two people talking to each other about arranging a trip, organizing an event, etc. The focus is on listening for specific factual information.
Section 2 is a talk by one speaker on a general topic. This means that you listen to one person giving information about a public event, a service provided, etc. The focus is on listening for specific factual information.
Section 3 is a discussion between two to four speakers on a topic related to ‘academic needs’. This means that you listen to up to four people talking to each other about an assignment for a course, an academic subject in a seminar, etc. The focus is on listening for specific factual information, attitudes and speakers’ opinions.
Section 4 is a lecture or talk by one speaker on an academic or study-related topic. This means that you listen to a person giving a lecture, a talk, etc. The focus is on listening for main ideas, specific factual information, attitude and speakers’ opinions.
IELTS Listening Module Course Outline
In the IELTS Listening Module (20 hours), students will build skills with audio recordings and practice all question types.
- To introduce the structure of the IELTS Listening exam
- To examine the types of recordings that appear in parts 1-4 of the exam
- To practice numbers and spelling
Students will study:
Flowcharts, Notes, Tables, Summaries and Forms
Plans, Maps, Diagrams
Short Answer Questions
Sentence Completion Questions
Multiple Choice and Matching Questions