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Progressive Listening: Academic (Graduated? Step-by-Step?)

This exercise targets the following goals:

  • Increasing your ability to understand academic/professional English that is spoken fast
  • Understanding more and guessing less during academic/professional listening
  • Understanding the nuances and not just the main ideas of an academic/professional speaker’s talk


  1. Choose an academic-style talk on a topic that interests you from one of the following sites:
  1. Write today’s date at the top of your notes
  2. Listen to the talk 3 times:
    • Listening #1: Listen without pausing the recording, taking the best notes you can (if possible, turn off any captions/subtitles)
    • Listening #2: Simultaneously listen and read the transcript and/or captions, pausing where necessary to look up unfamiliar vocabulary
    • Listening #3: Listen again without pausing the recording and improve your notes
  1. Use your notes to record a brief audio report on your listening (e.g. in .mp3, .ogg, or .wav format), so that you’re prepared in case Monica asks you to give her a 1-2 minute report on today’s listening the next time you meet. Your audio report should include your answer to the following questions:
    • “What did you listen to?” (topic, source)
    • “What was it about?” (summary)
    • “What did you like and/or dislike about it? Would you recommend it to a friend or classmate?” (evaluation) OR “What key thing(s) did you learn from the listening and how does it/do they connect to your life?” (application)