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Advanced Listening Comprehension



Advanced Listening Comprehension, third edition is a complete listening and notetaking skills program for advanced level students of English as a second foreign language. This book is a complete listening and notetaking skills program for advanced level students of English as second or foreign language. Lectures and readings on topics of universal interest provide stimulating content-based material for developing comprehension, notetaking, and academic study skills. Compelling cross-curricular lectures for stimulating, up-to-date content. Pre- and post-listening activities. Spiraled vocabulary, structures, and rhetorical patterns. Content-based units and lectures. Guided notetaking practice.

This book includes 5 units:

Anthropology: The Evolution of Human Endeavor.
History: The Passing of Time and Civilizations.
Sociology: Women, Men, and Changing Roles.
Communication: The Influence of Language, Culture, and Gender.
Biology: Understanding Genetics to Genetic Engineering.


What is Listening?


Listening is receiving language through the ears. Listening involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences. When we listen, we use our ears to receive individual sounds (letters, stress, rhythm and pauses) and we use our brain to convert these into messages that mean something to us.


Listening in any language requires focus and attention. It is a skill that some people need to work at harder than others. People who have difficulty concentrating are typically poor listeners. Listening in a second language requires even greater focus.


Like babies, we learn this skill by listening to people who already know how to speak the language. This may or may not include native speakers. For practice, you can listen to live or recorded voices. The most important thing is to listen to a variety of voices as often as you can.