Lida R. Baker has been a teacher, author, and editor in the field of English as a Second/Foreign Language for over 30 years. She taught for 25 years in the intensive English program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. Her first book, Interactions 2: A Listening/Speaking Skills Text was published in 1985 and is now in its 6th edition. Her other top-selling series, Real Talk, is one of the only ELT series on the market to use genuinely authentic recordings of conversations, lectures, and radio broadcasts to help students develop their listening skills. Since 1985 Ms. Baker has written many more student books, teacher’s guides, and online practice materials. She is a member of the TESOL International Association and was recently chair of the Materials Writers Interest Section. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Her many interests (besides ESL) include choral singing, swimming, folk dancing, reading, and gardening.
This book is made for students of English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Learning another language is never fast, but the Fifty Ways to Practice series will speed things up by showing you how to practice more efficiently and effectively both inside and outside the classroom. These books can be used by beginners and advanced students alike.
You will learn 50 ways to practice and improve listening in English. By applying these methods, you will improve your comprehension and your confidence. You do not need to be living in an English-speaking country or be currently taking an English class to use this book. However, students who are already in a class can also use this book to improve their listening more quickly and easily.
The book includes suggestions for specific websites and media that can be used for listening practice. Areas covered include strategies, phone, television/film, Internet, in person/public, games, radio, music, devices, and academic.
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