LISTENING TO ACADEMIC TALKS: A QUICK REVISION

Here is a revision quiz focusing on some important information regarding Academic Talks.

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Interactive exercise: Signals and Link words

To complete an interactive matching exercise (between expressions and the section of the talk it is likely to occur in), click the following link.

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More examples of Signpost Language

Decide which section/phase of the talk each of the following expressions is likely to occur or the point each tries to signal. Put each of them into an appropriate category (Introduction, Clarifying, Emphasising or Conclusion).

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Quiz: What do they signal?

In this quiz, you will be given a list of expressions/phrases. After each one, decide in which section a particular expression or phrase is likely to occur.

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Signpost language

One of the strategies you can use during listening is to pay attention to words and expressions that signal what has been covered and what is coming up in a talk.

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Quiz: Register and links

Considering what you already know about Register, can you indicate the degree of formality of these link words/expressions? (more information about Register here).

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Register of academic texts

Academic texts (written texts in particular, but oral ones too) adopt a more formal register than conversational exchanges.

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Quiz: Word-level understanding

Complete the text by inserting a word in the appropriate space.

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Quiz: Sentence-level understanding

You will be asked 4 True/False-type questions on the following video from Prof. Fry’s lecture: https://view.vzaar.com/9894143/video

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Practice: Inferring, listening for the main Idea, extracting specific information

Watch a short excerpt and try to infer what the topic of his lecture will be.

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Practice: listening for specific information

Bear some questions in mind while watching/reading a video section of a public talk. Then proceed to the quiz that follows.

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Practising predicting strategies

In this activity you will be working on a a TEDxDublin video by Andrew Wheeler to practise and reflect on your listening skills.

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