You will need to use your listening and speaking skills if:
- your module includes phone tutorials or face-to-face residential or day schools
- your study materials contains audio and video resources
- you need to contact administrative staff at the OU
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Listening and speaking skills activities
Here are some activities from the University of Southampton to help develop your listening and speaking skills. They are intended for students who don't speak English as a first language but native English speakers will also find them useful.
Contrasting spoken and written language
Uses audio extracts to explore the features of spoken language and how they differ from written English
- Contrasting spoken and written language activity
- Using idiomatic language activity
- The structure and meaning of phrasal verbs activity
Prediction skills for listening
Uses audio extracts to explore clues that help you predict what comes next when you listen to someone speaking
- Prediction skills for listening activity
- Listening for signposting language activity
- Focusing on language in a lecture activity
- Researching specialist vocabulary activity
Word and sentence stress
The key content in a sentence can sometimes be picked up from the words that are emphasized or stressed. This activity offers practice on which syllables to stress in a word and which words to stress in a sentence.