Listening to language experiences
You are going to watch a video in which two international students and a tutor describe typical language and cultural challenges faced by students when they first arrive in the UK. They also suggest some ways of dealing with these challenges.
Watch the video extract and move the various problems and solutions mentioned by each speaker into the appropriate place. Some have already been done for you as an example. You can watch the video as many times as you need to. When you have finished moving all the items, check your answers.
Video transcript (pdf, 12kb).
Watch the video extract again with the transcript above if you need to check your understanding. The parts of the transcript containing the answers to the listening task are highlighted.
Are you ready for the language challenge?
You are going to assess how prepared you are for the language challenge that lies ahead. You will also find out what you can do to prepare yourself before coming to the UK.
Think about each of these statements relating to your own experience of using the English language and select the tick or the cross before reading the feedback.
I find opportunities to practise speaking English each week.
I read newspapers, magazines or other literature in English to keep up to date with language in use.
I have a fair understanding of informal spoken style which includes some phrasal verbs, idiomatic language and slang.
I have spoken with native speakers of English before.
I have experienced listening to English speakers with different accents.
I listen to English language radio or watch television programmes regularly.
I use resources on the internet to improve my English language.
I've written course assignments in English before.
I've listened to a live lecture or formal talk in English before.