Teaching Activity: Listening for Gist and Detail

Gist and Detail

Listen for the gist:  It is where the learner tries to understand what is happening even if she can’t understand every phrase or sentence.  The learner is trying to pick up key words, intonation, and other clues so as to make a guess at the meaning.
Listening for detail: We do this when we need to understand practically everything – public announcements at railway stations or airports,