The Official IELTS Prep Listening Strategies audiobook has everything you need to prepare and excel on the listening section of the IELTS!
This powerful audio course was created by expert IELTS tutors and teachers who know the test and all its variations inside and out.
In this audiobook, we will cover:
Types of listening
Lectures and talks
Other types of listening
Strategies for each type of listening
Types of questions
Also included is an audio review of the top 300 IELTS vocabulary words. This section teaches you how to master proper spelling, pronunciation and definitions through the use of unique audio exercises. There are three exercises that each consist of 100 words. You'll discover high-frequency words that have appeared in previous IELTS exams, increasing your chance for better test results! The audio is carefully narrated by two professional voiceover artists for easy listening and quick learning. This course is best for anyone who learns by listening.
Audio learners will find the presentation to be an exceptional learning experience that gives excellent preparation and guidance toward scoring high on the IELTS.
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I found intonation quite distracting
Not really, beginning is quite generic
I don't think that this was an appropriate choice for the material. MASSIVE rising and falling intonation every sentence made it INCREDIBLY hard to follow. I'm a native speaker and I can only imagine what this must be like for ESL learners. I looked up the narrator, and she has a nice voice, but it really sounds like something for a commercial or an announcement in an airport. When you're trying to listen for four hours it's just so incredibly distracting trying to follow dense information when the narrator goes up and down three octaves (exaggerating) every sentence. To me it seems like she doesn't really know that much about the material and she's just trying to read it in a professional, nice-sounding voice, which she certainly does, but it's definitely not easy to follow from a learning point of view. Also, since IELTS is typically used to study in the UK/Commonwealth, it makes sense to have a British narrator.
I found the introduction to the book quite odd. For a book that explicitly states it's about studying for the IELTS it's strange that it generically refers to "language tests" throughout the beginning and not the IELTS, as if this part was copy and pasted from all of the company's books for other tests.
- Steven Guy Hixon