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IELTS set one - listening: addresses format and spelling

Type: Teaching notes

Aims to improve performance in part 1 of the listening test by students becoming more familiar with formats of forms and personal information etc.

Listening –Incorrect spelling is a main cause of loss of marks in the IELTS exam. There are many activities that help to improve spelling. The following activity is an extension of activity 1 and aims to improve performance in part 1 of the listening test by students becoming more familiar with formats of forms and personal information etc.

Students often live in countries that have different address formats. Therefore familiarization with a British / Australian format is important as is the spelling of typical words within an address. For example, teaching Bulgarians I realised that their address format was completely the opposite of that in Britain i.e. country first. In addition, address notation is completely different. This can be a problem as prediction of what is going to come up next in the listening is important i.e. familiarization will improve students’ prediction technique.




Procedure

  • Dictate several addresses (British / Australian format) to students, spelling names where necessary.
  • In the addresses include words such as the following: road, street, avenue, lane, crescent, park, terrace, etc.
  • Check students have spelt everything correctly; get them to read them back to you.
  • Students could make up their own addresses and dictate in pairs or to the group.
  • Do the same again but focusing on postcodes / zip codes.

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