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Listening Lecture comprehension

  • Lectures
    How to get the most out of lectures. Read more
  • Lecture cues
    Lecturers uses special signals or 'lecture cues' to help you follow the main ideas. Read more
  • Note-taking
    Use symbols and abbreviations to help take notes quickly. Read more
  • Recycling
    Lecturers often paraphrase or repeat information to make sure you understand. Read more
  • Practice lectures
    Some lectures to help you practise your note-taking. Find out more
  • Podcasts
    A collection of the podcasts found on the website. Find out more

Read about lectures lecture cues note-taking and digressions. There are also practice lectures and podcasts from the website.

Listening in academic contexts is primarily concerned with listening to lectures and taking effective notes. In order to do this effectively, it is important to recognise lecture cues and digressions. This section also contains practice lectures and a collection of the podcasts used on the website, as well as information about important academic listening exams.

Lecture note-taking

Study the skills needed to listen to academic lectures and take effective notes.

The fundamentals of listening to lectures.
Understand what lecture cues are, and how you can use them to improve understanding and note-taking.
Learn more about note-taking basics, including using symbols & abbreviations and different styles of notes.
Understand why speakers recycle information by paraphrasing, repeating and summarising.
Understand what digressions are, and why recognising them is important for your note-taking.
Use these practice lectures to help you improve your note-taking skills.
Listen to the podcasts from different pages of the site.


How to tackle the main exams of academic English, TOEFL and IELTS.

Understand the TOEFL test and how to do well.
Find out more about the IELTS test and how you can improve your score.


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Sheldon Smith

Author: Sheldon Smith    ‖    Last modified: 28 November 2022.

Sheldon Smith is the founder and editor of He has been teaching English for Academic Purposes since 2004. Find out more about him in the about section and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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