Dear CAE Candidate,
Last Saturday I went to a conference for teachers. One of the presentations was about how to teach listening. I was very interested in the topic because it's very hard to teach that skill.
It was CRAZY. There were about 30 teachers in the room, each holding their own conversations while the presenter was trying to talk. Talk about rude! There's a saying that goes, 'we have two ears and one mouth because we should listen twice as much as we talk.'
The presentation was actually useful and it gave me some new ideas about how to teach listening in the classroom. Because teaching listening is so complicated, I have decided that the next page to be added to CAE Exam Tips will be the writing section. keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime, to improve your listening skills I recommend going to TED.com - it has great presentations from inspirational speakers, and often the videos have transcripts, too, so you can check that you heard what you think you heard.
I'm also a HUGE fan of podcasts (radio shows you can listen to whenever you want) - apparently there are over 400,000 podcasts in the world today, so you're sure to find one on topics you are interested in. Try 'This American Life' or 'Planet Money' for starters.
That's all for now,