Hearing Vs Listening
Hearing is an involuntary act but listening requires active participation. I enjoyed testing my listening skills at http://www.esl-lab.com/ because the scenarios were often funny or poorly acted, which added to their entertainment level. I completed 2 listening quizzes for each level of difficulty and was successful at all of them; however I believe this was because I was fully aware of the requirements for the task, so my level of active listening was particularly high. In normal everyday life, I am not as ‘zoned in’ to conversations around me.