Intermediate Mid/High What’s New? Robot Sophia speaks Russian

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Before you start listening, think about the topic and predict what you are going to hear. Then set goals for your listening, for example:

Listen for the topic.

Pay attention to “big picture” of the news.

Listen to recognize “news” language so that you become familiar with the expressions that signal how an anchor starts, proceeds with, and concludes the piece of news.

Listen to take notes.

These activities offer an ideal platform that scaffolds selected speaking strategies such as making predictions and summarizing the news.