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Listening in an Additional Language

It's challenging for everyone to get up to speed with unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary--everyone starts from the beginning. Still, prior experience in a given discipline and its jargon varies, and learning in an additional language usually takes some additional time and effort. Take control of your learning experience and you'll have an ear for the language in your field in no time. 

Be an Avid Listener

It goes without saying that you should listen and take notes attentively in class, but think outside of the box to tap into hidden potential. Binge audio wherever you can find it: Listen to recorded lectures and course content videos on replay for extra practice, stream shows and podcasts that mix leisure with learning, and tune into news radio when you're in transit. 

Subtitles & Transcripts

There's a lot of reading in college; use your reading skills as a tool to support your listening skill development. Use subtitles to your advantage, and give a gentle reminder to your faculty if they forget to start transcription for live classroom sessions. 

Immerse Yourself

Processing complex or rapid speech in a specialized field feels overwhelming at first. Improve your comprehension and processing faster by seeking out opportunities for real-world listening in your field. Participating in clubs, professional organizations, work, and volunteerism will speed things up since you'll be listening with purpose and responding in real-time. 

Listening in an Additional Language Toolkit