Listen for and follow the gist of explanations, instructions, narratives and conversations in different contexts (a) Know how to listen for the gist, making use of their own knowledge, context clues, linking words and sequence markers (b) Understand that listening on the phone can be more demanding than face-to-face listening (because there is usually less knowledge of the context and no visual clues, so there is more reliance on hearing)

E3 listening task

Submitted by Moira Garland on Tue, 2008-05-27 16:53

Literacy: SLlr/E3.1, SLlr/E3.2, SLlr/E3.3

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: E3

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

E3 listening task (removing a pane of glass) is a clever way of practising OCR E3 Task 1 (listening for gist, detail and new information) and could also be easily edited to add your own listening materials.

Phoning a guest house

Submitted by June Mill on Sun, 2008-02-03 16:53

Literacy: SLc/E3.2, SLc/E3.3, SLlr/E3.1, SLlr/E3.2

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.3b, ESOL Sc/E3.3d

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: E3

A useful role play that provides the guest house owner’s script and prompts the student to complete the missing dialogue.
Designed to supplement the DfES ESOL materials (E3 unit 4 Getting to know the UK – page 9, Phoning a guest house) available at but can also be used independently.
Please note the audio tracks from the related DfES ESOL audio CDs are now available electronically from: (you need ESOL Entry 3A track 27)

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