Improving Listening Ability
Providing a detailed assessment of an individual’s English listening ability. The assessment is suitable for non-native speakers at any level of ability who are aware that they do not always catch English spoken at completely normal speed. Based on the assessment, customised training can be given to make a measurable improvement
“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realise that real communication goes in both directions.” Lee Iacocca (Former CEO Chrysler Corporation)
To do this, though, non-native speakers first need to accurately catch and understand English spoken at natural speed and, ideally, the first time they hear it.
Why is continuing to improve listening ability important?
As mentioned in “About Us”, there is a real danger non-native business professionals are sometimes failing to accurately catch exactly what is being said and/or may be misinterpreting what they hear. The consequences could be:
- Missed opportunities
Abachi believes the importance of listening in Business English training has generally been overlooked and developing listening ability has either received very little attention or has been taught ineffectually.
Spoken English is not the same as written English; knowing what changes take place in spoken English will help someone to significantly improve their listening ability and this applies to non-native speakers of various language abilities.
The first step is a detailed assessment of an individual’s current listening ability
Abachi provides a detailed assessment of an individual’s listening ability, which gives demonstrably far more information than a standard listening test. It enables much clearer differentiation between individuals and, crucially, identifies strengths and weaknesses, so that targeted training can be given to those needing it. The assessment itself is based on individuals dictating material spoken at natural speed that includes examples of common sounds and words that can often be missed/misinterpreted by non-native speakers
How does Abachi improve listening ability?
Based on the initial assessment the first step is to provide customised training to help individuals become aware of the particular sounds and words they are missing/misinterpreting. Dictation is used both in the assessment and in the training to understand exactly which sounds/words someone has difficulty catching.
Is the training the same for all individuals?
No, the training is customized and only focuses on the areas that individuals actually need to improve.
What is the ultimate goal?
The ultimate goal is to help non-native speakers to catch as much as they possibly can the first time they hear something spoken in English at completely normal speed and reduce the need to ask for repetition. Unlike something written where non-native speakers can take a certain amount of time to try and understand it, when something is spoken, there are limited chances to catch it. Yes, it is possible to ask someone to repeat something but there is an unspoken limit to how many times it is “socially appropriate” to do so and, especially, in group meetings/video conferences etc. where constant interruptions would not be welcomed.
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I was so surprised that each comment was customized for me such as how many times I mistook the same pattern and what were my weak points…. I appreciate that I could see my progress both in the exercises and at work through the course…. At last, this course was more than I expected. Thank you very much for your kind instruction and support.Rie