THE BEST TIPS FOR OET LISTENING PART C 2023
Candidates frequently mention OET listening part C as being the most difficult of the exam’s listening components. It follows the same multiple-choice format as OET listening part B, but unlike part B, the texts are longer, usually lasting six to seven minutes. Maintaining your attention on lengthy recordings like these can be challenging, especially because there is just one major speaker, and more information can be covered more quickly. Hence, in order to improve your chances of scoring well on this work, here are four crucial ideas on how to ace OET listening part C.
1. Start with a top-down strategy:
An approach to a new text that allows us to draw on our own prior knowledge in regard to a topic is known as a top-down approach. Consequently, if we were about to listen to a radio programme about the Zika virus in our own language, we would have preconceived notions and expectations going into that documentary. We might draw analogies between the Zika virus and other viruses we are familiar with, as well as consider where the virus originated, its effects, and how to prevent contracting it. All of these concepts get us ready to listen to a lengthy text.
The logical assumptions we have when we listen exist to help us comprehend new information more rapidly. We can approach an OET listening part C text in the same way that we would approach a text like this in our own language to help us make Sense of it. We shall always learn who is speaking and the text’s subject in the opening sentence.
2. Follow the advice in the interview questions:
There are two extracts in OET listening part C. These will either take the shape of a presentation with just one speaker or an interview with two speakers. This can be helpful if it is an interview because each question the interviewer poses should serve as a reminder to the listener that s/he needs to concentrate on a different question from the question paper. For instance, we are initially informed in the sample question above that we would hear a “interview”.
The interviewer’s opening query, which can be heard if we listen to the recording, is: “What is Chagas disease and why is it considered to as a disregarded disease?” The first question on the test is “Why does Dr. Robson see Chagas disease as a neglected disease?” if we look at the question paper. The interviewer then adds, “Are there worries about Chagas in the USA?” The following question on the test is: “Dr. Robson says worries about Chagas in the USA are due to…”.
We have a really helpful guide here for when we should move on to the next question, and hopefully you can see that the interviewer’s questions and the questions on the question paper firmly correspond. This is a crucial tactic since it can guide us through the recording and prevent us from overlooking any questions.
3. Listen out for signposting language:
You will need to be careful about signposting language if you are listening to the presentation rather than the interview. Longer stretches of speech can be organised by using signposting language, which marks the beginning of a new thought or the conclusion of an old one.
This can be accomplished by employing discourse markers like “Now” and “Thus” or sequencing adverbs like “first,” “second,” and so on to denote a shift in topic or the progression of a thought. Here’s an illustration of a presentation-style OET query: You hear Anna Matthews, an occupational therapist, speaking to a group of aspiring doctors.
Given though there will not be an interviewer present to break up the questions, we can still be led if we pay attention to how the speaker introduces her ideas. The speaker states, “First, let us think about what we understand by occupational therapy,” towards the start of the lecture.
This immediately ties to the first question’s focus, which is: “Anna indicates that the main focus on her work as an occupational therapist is…,” which is very helpful. After that, the speaker transitions to her next point by adding, “Now, onto my case study. Ted, a patient, is involved in it.
The next question of the exam is, meanwhile: “When Anna first met the patient called Ted, she was…”. So, it is clear from this example how the speaker employs signposting language to guide the listeners through the questions. When you next practise OET listening component C, practise listening for it.
4. Listen to interviews and presentations online
There is a tonne of English-language material available that can assist you in being ready for the material you will encounter in OET listening part C. Podcasts are very helpful because you can only access the audio, just like in the OET listening exam (no visuals).
A variety of interviews and in-depth monologues can be found on BBC podcasts. Other podcasts, like Sam Harris’ Making Sense, have extensive speeches and long-form interviews where you can hear a variety of accents and examples of signposting language (links to recommendations are included below).
Regularly listen to this kind of material, and then attempt to summarise what you heard and learnt in a few sentences. This is a wonderful approach to increase your exposure to English and get ready for part C of the OET.
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