Listening Extra contains a bank of imaginative photocopiable materials designed for young adults (16+) and adults. There are over 50 easy-to-prepare activities at elementary, intermediate and upper intermediate level. The material offers teachers a refreshing approach to 18 familiar topics and can be used to supplement existing coursebooks. Activities are designed around authentic scenarios and practise specific listening skills, such as listening for details, identifying emotions or listening for opinions. At the same time as practising a key listening skill, the activities integrate the other skill areas. Students are exposed to a variety of native and non-native speaker accents. The recordings cover a range of genres from radio and television to academic lectures, presentations and conversational dialogues.
Listening is a vital skill; teachers and learners alike appreciate extra material in this area. The units give practice in a range of sub-skills: listening for specific information, for main ideas, for details. This book has the same format as the others in the series and contains 18 topic areas such as: town and country, health and fitness, education, money and homes. Each unit contains a listening activity for each of the three levels – elementary, intermediate and upper-intermediate, making 54 activities in total.
There is a good variety of task type, suitable for young adults. Some are visually stimulating, with charts, pictures and forms. Students listen to a talk on arranged marriages and decide if a number of statements on cards are True or False. Some activities, such as Feng Shui and Psychologist are fun, informative and motivating. Not all activities will be relevant, of course, for every class. The photocopiable teaching material and two audio CDs provide, as the title claims, “extra listening material”.