Listening Resources

Below you will find student Web resources for English practice in listening.

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Audio Resources/Listening Dictation Activities
  1. Listening and Dictation (LAD) (multiple choice listening activities)
  2. Learn English (LEO Network, a British listening dictation site; "Quick Dictation" features an online writing application with spell check feature)
  3. Short English stories for ESL learners (includes dictation exercises)
  4. Dictations for Learning English (a list of short, medium and long dictation activities)
  5. Dictation (activities at three different levels)
Audio Resources/Listening Labs
  1. USA Learns (a free site for adults to learn English and improve their basic reading, writing, speaking and life skills)
  2. California Distance Learning Project (various life-skills reading topics and follow-up activities; with audio and some video)
  3. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab (a variety of topics at easy, medium and difficult levels; includes practice quizzes and RealPlayer-based audio)
  4. Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students (topics such as education, jobs, movies and restaurants are presented in short videos with follow-up comprehension activities)
  5. English Lessons with Jennifer (free online videos on various topics, including grammar and pronunciation)
  6. The Everyday Life Project (life skills-related interactive lessons; free with sign-up)
Audio/Listening Resources
  1. Phonemic Awareness Infusion (reading with an emphasis on pronunciation; audio available)
  2. Online Listening Skills Resources (sites that help ESL learners develop conversational English skills)
  3. Shaggy Dog Stories and Other MP3 Recordings for English Learners
  4. EZ Slang (a site to help low-intermediate to advanced learners improve their survival skills in many different situations by teaching idiomatic expressions and slang; with audio)
  5. Listening Exercises (advanced level)
  6. Speeches (with audio and video; from the History Channel)
  7. What Do You Hear?: Listening Activities
Audio Resources/CASAS Practice: Listening
  1. Practice English Tutorials and Tests (PETT) Projects: ESOL Listening Practice Tests (multiple choice listening questions by level)
  2. Step Forward (Oxford University Press Inc.; each unit in each book level has an activity called "Everyday Conversation," which includes CASAS-like listening questions; audio and script available)
Audio Resources/Dictionaries
  1. The Free Dictionary (words pronounced)
  2. (words pronounced)
Audio Resources/Podcasts
  1. ESL Podcast (a long list of listening topics; for high-intermediate and advanced levels)
  2. NPR Podcast Directory (a list of programs by topic, title and provider)
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (provides health promotion and disease prevention tips five days a week in audio and text formats)
  4. PodOmatic (create and listen to free podcasts)
Audio Resources/Vocabulary
  1. Games With Words (Voice of America Special English)
  2. 1,500 Most Common English Words and Vocabulary (words are pronounced and their definitions are given)
  3. 1,000 Most Common English Phrases (phrases are pronounced and their definitions are given)
Audio Resources/Voice of America
  1. Voice of America Special English (learn American English while reading and hearing about American life and staying informed about world news)
  2. Voice of America: Words and Their Stories (a list of five-minute programs on words and terms used in everyday American English; with transcripts and audio)
  3. Voice of America (American short stories; with transcripts and audio)
  4. Voice of America: Higher Education in the U.S. (with transcripts and audio)
  5. English Word Book (a glossary of words used in Voice of America stories)


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