listening for signpost language
In lectures and presentations, speakers often use signposting expressions and these can help audiences to follow and understand the main points that the speakers are making. It is useful to familiarise yourself with this kind of language so that you recognise it immediately. Moreover, you can get the structure of lectures and presentations, which is beneficial for your note-taking and comprehension. It can also be useful for any seminar presentations that you need to give on your own course.
In these activities you will explore some typical examples of signposting language. You will listen to two lectures in order to identify examples of signposting language and learn to recognise what such language is used for.
Be able to know functions of signpost language and distinguish it during listening.
In this activity you are going to get familiar with the functions of some commonly used signposting expressions.
Study these examples of signposting language grouped according to their shared function. Choose the function the signposting language represents from the dropdown list. Then read the feedback.
finally | before that | the second | first of all | after that | before that
There are four parts | there are several methods we usually adopt
For example | for instance | such as | to illustrate this
I’ll begin with | what I am going to talk today is | my intention today is to
Let’s move on to | turn to | about the next topic
While | on the contrary | in contrast | on the other hand
In conclusion | let me briefly recap on | in a nutshell
You are going to listen to a lecture entitled 'The cost of smoking' from a health course. As you listen you are going to consider the role of the signposting language used.
Listen to this short lecture and notice the signposting words and phrases that the lecturer uses. Fill in the gaps with the exact missing words or phrases and then read the feedback.listen to the recording
The Cost of Smoking
Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noisy open-plan offices.
Watch the video and finish the tasks accordingly.
What is the purpose of the speaker?
The speaker mentions four ways sound is affecting all of us. What are they? Tick the correct four boxes.
What is the conclusion of the lecture?
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