This afternoon, a student asked me what he could do to help himself understand what people are talking about in recorded texts. He was particularly weak in this area and had obtained a very low score in the IELTS.
If you are also facing similar problems, you could do something about this. Here are a few steps you could take:
Identify your area of interest. For example, what do you like listening to? Sports? News? Stories?
Find an audiobook or mp3 recording with text. They should be about a subject that you want to listen to. Don’t force yourself to listen to something you don’t enjoy.
Listen to the recording while you are driving, doing the dishes, vacuuming, etc. Try to understand the topic in general, don’t worry about trying to understand every word.
When you get home or finish your chores 🙂 , refer to the printed book or script and identify the words/expressions that you couldn’t understand before.
Do this all over again with a different topic. And keep going at it every single day. You will see how much you’ll improve if you work hard at it.