Note-taking in English Listening
    

    
    
    


        

Note-taking in English Listening

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Introduction

Note-taking is a profitable strategy that helps to strengthen learners’ attention and retention of information in language listening. For EFL learners, note-taking techniques is a good skill to organize and process information.

Objectives

By the end of these activities, you will be able to: 1. Gain a brief knowledge of note-taking in language listening; 2. Learn some basic techniques of note-taking; 3. Try to practice note-taking in listening.



Activity 1: What are the features of good notes?

A good set of notes has its own features. To take good notes in listening, you need to have a general understanding of the elements of good notes.

Instruction

Think about each of the statements given below and decide if it is true or false.

1. Good notes should contain all the information.

 



2. Good notes can involve complete words, symbols and abbreviations.



3. Good notes must always be easy to read.



4. Good notes should be logically coherent.



Additional Resources

More information on note-taking is provided below. Please watch them  and learn more skills about making notes.

 

Activity 2: The use of acronyms and abbreviations in taking notes

An acronym is a word composed of the first letters of the words in a phrase, especially when this is used as a name. An example of an acronym is NATO which is made up of the first letters of the 'North Atlantic Treaty Organization'. An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase, made by leaving out some of the letters or by using only the first letter of each word. Memorizing more acronyms and abbreviations can help students take notes in a faster way.

Instruction

There are 20 acronyms or abbreviations in this part, you are required to give the complete form of each acronym or abbreviation.

APEC

CIA

FIFA

IMF

IPR

NASA

NBA

ATM

SUV

OTC

ICU

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ASAP

LOL

IMO

pt

ave

id

km

sth

Additional Resources

1. See more acronyms and abbreviations

2. 

Acronyms QUIZ with Answers from lorinchina

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