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Listening Comprehension

Elllo (English Listening Language Lab Online): ELLLO is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3.

Lingual.Net: Learning English through movies. Subjects: music, documentary, comedy, celebrity, drama, animation, food, science and games. 

BBC Radio 1: Podcasts mainly about cinema, music and entertainment. Level: advanced to fluent.

British Council Listen and Watch: Elementary podcasts, Mp3 resources to download together with corresponding activities. Students can listen or watch on their computer, or download audio and video files to their mp3 player. All of the British Council's audio and video materials are accompanied by language practice activities that students can do on their computer while they listen or watch, or print out and do when they want.

BBC World Service

  1. BBC Radio and television News: The BBC News site has excellent radio and television news coverage plus supplementary video recordings and concise texts for reading and listening comprehension.

  2. BBC Listen Again: This is an excellent resource for listening skills development and also for project research.

National Public Radio. You can listen to news stories by simply clicking on the Audio symbol at the end of the text of a news story. You can also order tapes and transcripts for the stories.

British Council Listening Activity: Keys of Sorrow is one of the songs on New Boots, a solo album by Tim van Eyken, winner of the 1998 BBC Young Folk Award.

The British Council listening downloads page

The British Council Kids Zone: easy and not so easy songs to watch and listen to. Traditional songs.

Hints on Pronunciation for Foreigners

Alphabet Listen to the spelling of the letters of the alphabet.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab. Loads of listening documents at all levels (Easy, Medium, Difficult) in a wide variety of topics (e.g. school, likes and dislikes, money, blues, American slang, radio advertising and much more). For each document, you'll find pre-listening, listening, and post-listening activities, as well as some "Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes" + "Short Listening Exercises".

 
Listening Comprehension Page of links from the ESL Independent Lab.

Listening activities for beginners: from About.com

History Channel's speeches. Click "Speech Archive". For advanced students but provides good resource for teachers.

Listening Quizzes from Kenneth BEARE's About the Internet. Recorded audio files, all levels: Topics: numbers, how much does it cost?, the past tense, likes and dislikes, making plans, vocabulary, Accent Listening Gallery, alphabet, minimal pairs, consonant and vowel pronunciation... Other quizzes organized by categories are also available: Grammar quizzes, Idiom and phrasal verb quizzes, Vocabulary quizzes... ® click "more quizzes" at the bottom of the page. These quizzes are not interactive, so print them out and use as handouts for your classes.

California Distance Learning Project. Listening and reading passages about the following topics: Family (Alzheimer's disease, children and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, crime, skin cancer...), Community (AIDS, Stop Carjacking, Prevent Choking, Walking at Night...), Work (Looking for a Job, Writing a Resume, Welfare to Work...)
These documents are followed by: multiple choice exercises, drawing conclusions, vocabulary exercises.

Lists of links to online listening activities provided by the Internet TESL Journal. 

Kids Earth and Sky  Click on the podcast you're interested in, then click on "listen".

http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html CNN news stories with video and related activities.

http://www.language-lab.org/learning/lessons_fr.html

Brian Hayes's Study Links: excellent ressource for listening.

Listening activities: teach listening, movies, radio, ESL activities. A good site.

Breaking News video from CNN

CNN Student News

CNN Archives, activities and transcripts for ESL students.

ESL Home: a good review of the listening resources available on the Internet.

The Web Language Lab: listening activities (level: beginner to advanced)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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