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Examples of the Signposting Language
Posted on: 01 Sep 2018  |   Category: Skills in Demand ,

Examples of the Signposting Language The language of Signposting comprises the words and phrases which people use to guide the listener logically regarding the spoken matter.  It clarifies all that is happening, and what will happen next.  Moreover, it acts as a guide to the listener to follow the speech.

Importance for IELTS

In the section 4 of IELTS regarding the listening one has to listen to a talk set in an academic atmosphere, like a university. It is a lecture from a professor, or a presentation made by the student, or a general talk. This lesson has the aim of helping a person to be good in the Section 4 of IELTS listening. When a person knows the type of language used for guidance, it is of great help in following the lecture. The listening is important if the hearing skills are weak than the expectations because a person will get lost if they do not know where they are. The lecture can have two parts. These two sections follow the sections in which the speaker attempts the talk. Knowledge of the lecture structure, and the language style, of the speaker, regarding their moving to the second section will help the person to follow the whereabouts. The signposting language of this lesson comprises of the words and phrases which introduce the topics and subsections.

Examples of Lecture Signposting Language

The table here presents the language that guides a person on the overall topic and content making the lecture. It also highlights different sections of the lecture of discussion. The table also has the signposting language to show the end of the talk. The listeners must remember that there are many ways to say such things:

Signposting Examples

?Purpose ?Signpost Language
?Introducing the topic:
  • Today we will talk about
  • The topic of the lecture today is
  • This morning we will take a look at
  • Today we will talk about / discuss
  • What I’m going to talk today is about
  • The purpose of the lecture today is
  • The topic of talk is
Explanation of the lecture structure and subtopics
  • In today’s lecture I will cover three points.
  • I will divide this talk into three parts.
  • First we will have a look at--- then we’ll proceed to and finally we will tackle
Introduction of the first section /subtopic
  • Let’s start the talk with
  • To begin with,
  • Firstly, we deal with
  • I will commence with,
  • The first advantage or cause is
Finishing a section
  • We have the knowledge of
  • I have talked regarding
Starting a new section
  • Let us move forward to
  • Now, let us turn towards
  • I would now like to talk about
  • The next is
  • I would like now to discuss
  • The next topic/area of focus is on
To signal the end of the talk / Summing up
  • Summing up,
  • So it is clear from our discussion today that
  • I'd like now like to recapitulate,
  • Let's summarize briefly
  • In conclusion,
  • To summarize,
  • Overall,
  • The three main points we discussed today were
With all these tips and suggestions, the candidates will be in a position, to face the tests and emerge successful.

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