Core language skills for PTE Academic Listening preparation courses| PTE listening skills

PTE Listening skills

This section of the course outline provides information about the PTE Academic sub skills, the item types that test these skills and suggested areas for lesson focus to develop them. Information is presented under the skills of the Listening module.

Subskills

Item types

Areas for lesson focus 

Identifying the topic

•    Speaking: Re-tell lecture

  • Speaking: Answer short question
  • Listening: Summarize spoken text
  • Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Listening: Highlight correct summary
  • Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Listening: Select missing word
  • recognizing signal language that introduces the topic of a lecture
  • identifying main ideas
  • distinguishing main ideas from details
  • inferring the situational context of what you hear

 

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Summarizing the main idea

  • Listening: Summarize spoken text
  • Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • listening for main ideas
  • recognizing verbal and non-verbal indicators of important ideas in a lecture
  • identifying main points and supporting details
  • using notes to write a summary
  • summarizing and restating information
  • using paraphrase to summarize
  • summarizing a lecture
  • summarizing a discussion

PTE Listening skills practice

Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Identifying supporting points or examples

 

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             listening for signal words that indicate supporting details

•             listening for supporting details

•             identifying opinions and supporting arguments

•             recognizing definitions, examples, explanations, generalizations, clarification and emphasis

•             recognizing comparison and contrast, cause and effect

•             recognizing citations in lectures

•             identifying restatements

 

Understanding academic vocabulary

 

•              Speaking: Repeat sentence

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Speaking: Answer short question

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Fill in the blanks

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Select missing word

•              Listening: Highlight incorrect words

•              Listening: Write from dictation

 

•             recognizing the vocabulary used in different academic contexts

•             recognizing the vocabulary of different types of information (definition, explanation, generalization, example, clarification, restatement, opinion, citation)

•             confirming the meaning of content-area vocabulary as well as general academic words and phrases

•             confirming the meaning and sound of words pronounced in different English accents

 

Inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words

 

•              Speaking: Repeat sentence

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Speaking: Answer short question

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Select missing word

 

•             finding the meaning of words from context clues, in different academic topic areas

•             Inferring meaning from morphology (studying the parts of a word)

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Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Identifying words and phrases appropriate to the context

 

•              Listening: Fill in the blanks

•              Listening: Select missing word

 

•             identifying the most commonly used words in academic contexts

•             learning words related to specific topics

•             identifying variations in word meaning by identifying the context

•             recognizing word forms

•             identifying synonyms

•             understanding idiomatic expressions

•             recognizing paraphrases

Comprehending explicit and

implicit information

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Fill in the blanks

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

•              Listening: Select missing word

•             listening for specific information

•             recognizing inferred information as compared to explicit information

•             drawing inferences from information given

•             inferring implied meaning through intonation

•             inferring the speaker’s point of view through vocabulary choices

•             understanding metaphorical language

•             separating fact from opinion

•             distinguishing between literal and figurative meanings

Comprehending concrete and abstract information •             Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•             Listening: Summarize spoken text

•             Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•             Listening: Highlight correct summary

•             Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

•             Listening: Select missing word

•             listening for specific details

•             recognizing abstract generalizations

•             distinguishing factual information from abstract discussion

•             recognizing the language of hypothetical argument

•             investigating multiple sides to an ethical issue

•             clarifying values

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Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Classifying and categorizing information

 

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             thinking critically to categorize the information heard

•             organizing and synthesizing information

•             identifying connecting themes

•             recognizing generalizations, opinion, support, clarification and emphasis

•             recognizing cause and effect, comparison and contrast, problem and solution

•             understanding definitions

•             matching actions to consequences

•             recognizing citations

 

Following an oral sequencing of information

 

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Fill in the blanks

•              Listening: Highlight correct summary

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

•              Listening: Select missing word

•              Listening: Highlight incorrect words

•              Listening:Write from dictation

 

•             noticing signal words that indicate how ideas are organized

•             recognizing key phrases that introduce important facts

•             identifying sequences of actions, activities and processes

•             following sequences of arguments, explanations, and opinions

•             recognizing transitions between ideas in lectures

•             identifying pronoun referencing used to sequence ideas

 

Critically evaluating information presented

 

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             using critical thinking skills to evaluate what is heard

•             classifying information

•             evaluating assumptions and generalizations

•             drawing conclusions

•             separating fact from opinion

Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Forming a conclusion from what a speaker says

 

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

•              Listening: Select missing word

 

•             listening for main ideas

•             listening for specific information

•             identifying key words to understand details

•             drawing inferences and conclusions

•             predicting what a speaker will say next

 

Predicting how a speaker

may continue

 

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

•              Listening: Select missing word

 

•             predicting the content of listening text

•             listening for organizing phrases and signal words

•             identifying sequences of actions and activities

•             recognizing transitions between ideas

•             making inferences about a speaker’s intentions

•             predicting what a speaker will say next

 

Identifying errors in a transcription

 

•              Listening: Highlight incorrect words

 

•             predicting content before listening to be aware of errors

•             understanding main ideas to predict vocabulary

•             recognizing how words sound in different English accents

•             recognizing words and phrases when spoken in sentences

•             recognizing pronunciation of final consonants and weak forms

 

Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Identifying a speaker’s purpose, tone and attitude

 

•              Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•              Listening: Summarize spoken text

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             predicting the content of listening text

•             using critical thinking to recognize a speaker’s attitude

•             making inferences about a speaker’s intention

•             inferring and recognizing a speaker’s attitudes and feelings

•             listening for opinions

•             identifying assumptions and generalizations

•             interpreting a speaker’s emotions from intonation and word choice

•             making inferences based on tone, pace, and vocabulary

•             identifying the purpose of a story or example

 

Identifying the framework used to convey information (e.g., generalization, conclusion, cause and effect)

 

•             Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•             Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             recognizing the language of definitions, generalizations, examples, explanations and conclusions

•             recognizing the language of cause and effect, comparison and contrast, problem and solution

•             identifying arguments for and against

•             evaluating advantages and disadvantages

•             recognizing citations

 

Subskills Item types Areas for lesson focus
 

Inferring the context, purpose or tone

 

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

•              Listening: Multiple choice, choose single answer

 

•             recognizing the context of ideas in lectures

•             making inferences about attitudes from the words speakers use

•             inferring the purpose of examples given

•             recognizing the tone or character of an utterance from vocal and lexical cues

•             inferring preferences

•             identifying emphasis in speech

•             listening for contrastive stress

 

Comprehending variations in tone, speed, accent

 

•             Speaking: Repeat sentence

•             Speaking: Re-tell lecture

•             Listening: Summarize spoken text

•             Listening: Highlight correct summary

•             Listening: Select missing word

•             Listening: Highlight incorrect words

•             Listening: Write from dictation

 

•             recognizing how stress and intonation help express a speaker’s

intended meaning

•             recognizing the significance of changes of tone, stress and speed to signal important information

•             understanding the significance of contrastive stress and emphasis

•             comprehending the pronunciation of words in different accents

 

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PTE Academic item scoring overview

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