Tips for A-Level Spanish listening summary questions?Watch
Does anyone have any tips on tackling listening summary questions? Thanks x
1. Listen to the full text, several times if necessary, so that you understand as much as possible.
2. While you are listening, make a note of key words. These should be mostly nouns but watch out for verbs such as "increase", "decrease" etc.
3. Write one sentence on the main theme of your text. Imagine that you need to send a short text message to a friend saying what the text is about. This stage will allow you to focus on the essence of the text.
4. Next, using the key words you found earlier, elicit the different parts of the article which will show how the ideas develop. Make the connection (with words such as "but", "and", "therefore" etc.) with the main theme.
5. Write one sentence for the conclusion of the article.
6. Organise your notes into a logical order which need not necessarily be the same as the original article's (but it usually will be).
7. Now you are ready to write your summary. Start by stating the theme, then develop the ideas, then write the article's conclusion.
Things to be wary of:
Do not quote examples used in the text. They are superfluous in a summary.
Avoid adjectives unless they are necessary to understand the situation or the conclusion. Similarly with comparisons.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive, it is actually much easier to work from a one-sentence summary outwards, rather than cutting away stuff all the time. So Stage 3 above is possibly the most important one.