Listening is one of the most difficult skills to improve in English, but here are a few tips to make it easier for you (you will become the DETECTIVE):

  1. Close your eyes and just listen first and get your ears ready to hear
  2. Make a table with WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY
  3. Focus on any background noises that might give you some clues about the audio
  4. Put any of that information into the table, you can draw the noises to visualise or just write the words
  5. Listen again and identify the change of voices (male or female?), identify WHO and write it on the table, how many people are in the story?
  6. Listen again and write down the words you hear, try to figure out who said them, fill in the table again WHERE, WHEN, WHY
  7. If necessary, listen a final time to be sure you have understood
  8. Always re-use the information:
    • Tell the story
    • Write the story


For the Baccalaureate LV1 and LV2 have the same document, you will have an audio/video document:

  1.  1m-1m30 seconds
  2.  This audio or video document will be chosen by your teacher
  3. This document will be linked to the 4 notions studied in class
  4. You will be able to listen to the document 3 times, divide your paper into three columns to take notes (listening 1, listening 2 and listening 3)
  5. After each time the audio/video is played, you will have 1 minute to take notes
  6. Once the listening is finished, you will have 10 minutes to write a summary in FRENCH.

* When writing your summary, make sure that you include as many details as possible, the more the better.

* Here are the official grids that the teacher will use when evaluating you, be sure to take a look so you know what to write for the summary:

REMEMBER– it’s like running a marathon, you won’t get any better if your ears aren’t in shape.  SO you must practice.

Here are a few links that will help you improve, use the method above while listening to the documents:

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