Learn English with ESL radio and TV A Visit to "The Age" Newspaper

English Level: Intermediate

A group of students visit "the Age" newspaper to find out how a big daily newspaper works. They ask questions about how many readers "The Age" has, the editorial team, the online version and much more.

Listening for gist

"Listening for gist" means listening for general understanding and is the opposite of listening for detail. Often when second language learners listen to an English text they try to understand every word and then they find that they don't really know what the listening is about. Before you begin to study a listening text it is important to understand the general meaning.

Before you begin to answer the quiz questions in the ESL Radio and TV listenings, take the time to listen once for gist. Don't try to understand everything. Just get a general understanding. This will help you a lot when you try to answer the quiz questions that focus on the detail in the listenings.



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ESL radio and TV has been designed to help English language learners improve their listening skills. The interactive quizzes have questions and feedback that are designed to instruct rather than merely test.