ESOL Lr/L1.1a Extract information from texts of varying genre, e.g. radio, TV

Lr/L1.1 listen for and identify relevant information from explanations and presentations on a range of straightforward topics
1a. Extract information from texts of varying length and genre, e.g. on radio, TV or presentations

  • Identify key words, collocations and fixed expressions within a range of contexts, and make use of this lexis to help to recognise text type, register and content.
    Example: In the context of law and order, key lexis might be accused, capital punishment, bail, get off lightly, prosecutions. "In my presentation today I am going to describe and compare the system of law and order in this country with the system in my country, Thailand. In particular, I will look at the different attitudes to capital punishment, drug-trafficking, terrorism, and how the accused are treated before they are prosecuted."
  • Guess the meaning of unknown words through understanding of context, and through understanding the meaning of adjacent words, and apply this strategy when listening to a range of texts of some complexity.
    Example: You're a percussionist, so what do you play?
    "Percussion actually covers over 650 instruments and... um... I actually try to play as many as I can but I think even in my lifetime... erm... I don't think I would be able to come across them all, because there are so many and they come from different parts of the world... um... but basically I play what is called tuned percussion, and that really entails xylophone, marimba - which is like a xylophone except lower in pitch - um... and then you've got the timpani or kettle drums, and a vast amount of other drums."
  • Identify the main ideas in a range of listening texts, e.g. fairly lengthy presentations and reports, interactions, interviews, debates

This resource is based on the DfES ESOL Skills for Life recording 'Changes interview 1'. It gives exam practice questions (C&G style) in the first section and in the second section an activity to enable learners to tune in to the sounds of English. The first section can be completed in class and the second at home or the whole sheet can be given for homework. Listening development at home enables learners to listen as often as they wish and tune in until they hear the text more clearly.

E3.1 Identify and extract relevant information and detail in straightforward explanations
L1.1 Identify relevant information and lines of argument in explanations or presentations
ESOL Lr/L1.1a Extract information from texts of varying genre, e.g. radio, TV
ESOL Lr/L1.2a Listen to explanation or narrative
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L1.2e Listen for phonological detail

These two lessons explore the Windrush Scandal. 

The video gives an opportunity to listen for gist and detail, and is followed by a focus on sentence stress and intonation.

The article gives an opportunity for learners to analyse the purpose of the text and look at persuasive techniques, and is accompanied by a vocabulary from context exercise.

L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
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FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
ESOL Lr/L1.1a Extract information from texts of varying genre, e.g. radio, TV
ESOL Lr/L1.2e Listen for phonological detail
ESOL Lr/L1.6b Follow a discussion without participating e.g. on TV
ESOL Lr/L2.1a Extract information from extended texts in a non-face-to-face context, e.g. radio
ESOL Lr/L2.2a Listen to a narrative or conversation
ESOL Lr/L2.2e Listen for phonological detail
ESOL Rw/L1.2a
ESOL Rt/L1.2a Know how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes
ESOL Rw/L2.3a
ESOL Rt/L2.2a Identify the purposes of a wide range of texts, whether inferred or explicitly stated
News, Politics & Government items