SLlr/E2.3

Listen for and identify the main points of short explanations or presentations
(a) Understand that identifying the main points means making a judgement about which parts are more important than the rest
(b) Understand that it may be possible to identify the main points without remembering or understanding all the detail
(c) Understand that speakers often provide clues to the main points, e.g. by tone of voice or repetition

Set of listening actvities ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on two everyday listening events

  • A radio advertisement for a local estate agent
  • An airport tannoy announcement
    Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations & instructions.

Each activity includes.

Level
E2
E1
English
SLlr/E2.3
SLlr/E2.2
SLlr/E1.3
SLlr/E1.2
SLlr/E1.1
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Two listening exercises based on everyday events. Each provides a transcript and written questions so they could also be used as reading comprehension exercises.
1) Asking where the pasta is in Asda
2) Listening to a weather forecast
Fully mapped to E2 Reformed Functional English (speaking, listening and communication). Also suitable for ESOL.

Editor's note

Updated September 2019: new reformed Functional English mapping and amended author information.

Level
E2
English
E2.3 Respond appropriately to straightforward questions
SLlr/E2.3
SLlr/E2.2
E2.1 Identify and extract the main information and detail from short explanations
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E2.3c Listen for a specific purpose
ESOL Lr/E2.3a Extract the main points when listening to presentations
ESOL Lr/E2.2a Listen for detail
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Science, Nature & Weather

Listening activities are few and far between but this fabulous set is ideal for, and fully mapped, to Entry 1 and 2 Functional English learners.
Based on four everyday listening events

  • An announcement in a station
  • A notice in a waiting room
  • A news report
  • A telephone conversation

Each provides practice listening for gist and detail in short explanations. The ‘waiting room’ PDF also provides practice with listening to instructions.

Each document includes.

Level
E1
E2
English
SLlr/E2.3
SLlr/E2.2
SLlr/E1.3
SLlr/E1.2
SLlr/E1.1
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism
Health, Social care, Early years

A very useful listening exercise and the first one we have to specifically cover this curriculum element (listen for and identify the main points of short explanations or presentations).
Transcriptt to read out (or record), questions to ask, and extension ideas. The script is about travelling to a staff conference, making it ideal for work skills students.

Level
E2
English
SLlr/E2.3
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E2.3a Extract the main points when listening to presentations
Context
Employment skills & Public services