ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail

ESOL Lr/L1.2 Listen for and understand explanations, instructions and narratives on different topics in a range of contexts
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail

  • identify key grammatical features appropriate for the level, e.g. continuous forms (such as present perfect continuous), conditional forms
  • be aware that noticing grammatical features can help in identifying register, e.g. a more formal text may have more passive constructions or relative pronouns
  • be aware of how grammar affects meaning, e.g. use of passive indicates emphasis is on the action rather than the person performing the act
  • understand that listening to and focusing on grammar can help them to be more accurate in their own speech

Example: Note the use of passives and relative pronouns in a TV news item, e.g.: The future of the Millennium Dome was thrown into chaos again last night after ministers abandoned plans to turn it into a business park and invited new bids for the site. Downing Street said 70 companies had expressed interest in buying the Dome. Among new bidders will be Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, who wants to re-open it as a visitor centre.

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.

Level 1
FE E3.1 Identify & extract relevant information & detail in straightforward explanations
FE L1.1 Identify relevant information & lines of argument in explanations & 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
History, culture, museums, libraries

A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level 1
Level 2
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion (Sd)
ESOL Sc/L1.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L1.3b Give factual accounts
ESOL Sc/L2.4b Give factual accounts 
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L2.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Rs/L2.1a Use implicit & explicit grammatical knowledge to help follow meaning and purpose of different texts
ESOL Ws/L2.1a Use a range of sentence structure which is fit for purpose
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music Radio TV