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Writing the language you hear helps you memorise pronunciation and intonation, especially when the content does not sound as you expected, for example when spoken with different regional accents (e.g. Spanish in Spain or in Argentina).
Listen to and note short examples of the language. Does it follow a particular pattern? Make a note of where the emphasis falls, for example
Check your dictionary to see how stress patterns are shown: the international symbols used against each word are explained in the introduction of the dictionary. You could check your understanding by looking up a word in your mother tongue.
You will find various pointers, guidelines, explanations and examples in your module activities, some of which you could record in your own voice.
Organise your work space so you have these items to hand as you watch or listen.
Have a particular purpose in mind. You could note pairs of sounds that need to be distinguished, or are pronounced the same but with different spelling and meaning, and how they are pronounced in the target language.
Make notes of the way the vocabulary is presented in the target language compared with your own, and especially how it is pronounced and emphasised, as well as what tones are used. Note the idiomatic constructions that are unique to a language, where literal translation is no longer an option, but has an 'equivalence' of meaning in your own language.
Note these down as they crop up, using colour coding for aspects such as
The book 'Success with Languages', The Open University, 2005, Routledge, expands on all these ideas, especially Chapter 3, p42 on making and keeping notes, and Chapter 7 on 'The world as a classroom'.
All language module include an audio component and most a video component as well. Both are linked to a variety of activities for you to complete, including
Prepare yourself for listening to foreign language audio and video recordings by using and making notes on material that is not part of the module. This is valuable preparation for when you are faced with an unprepared recorded extract and only a limited listening time, perhaps in an exam.
To develop your language skills, there are a range of activities you could engage with.
You need a way of recording language so that you can remember how to say it: making your own audio notes can help with memory and specific issues of pronunciation.
Ask your tutor whether you can record some sessions during the tutorial so you have an oral record of pronunciation, corrections and explanations, and make sure that you make full use of it afterwards.
Try to record any programme or films you find, so you can replay them when you wish. You could hide the English subtitles, then watch again with the subtitles visible to check your understanding - or turn off the sound and read the subtitles out loud.
Resist reading transcripts for audio material before listening to it. Alternatively, read the transcript as you listen, then replay with your eyes shut to help you associate the written and spoken form.
If your hearing is impaired, or you have difficulty listening to audio material, get in touch with your tutor or Student Support Team for advice.