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)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/listening-and-dictation
  2. Learn English (LEO Network, a British listening dictation site; "Quick Dictation" features an online writing application with spell check feature)
    www.learnenglish.de/dictationpage.htm#quick
  3. Short English stories for ESL learners (includes dictation exercises)
    www.rong-chang.com/qa2/
  4. Dictations for Learning English (a list of short, medium and long dictation activities)
    www.teacherjoe.us/Dicts.html
  5. Dictation (activities at three different levels)
    www.englishclub.com/listening/dictation.htm
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)
    www.usalearns.org
  2. California Distance Learning Project (various life-skills reading topics and follow-up activities; with audio and some video)
    www.cdlponline.org
  3. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab (a variety of topics at easy, medium and difficult levels; includes practice quizzes and RealPlayer-based audio)
    www.esl-lab.com
  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)
    www.esl-lab.com/videoclips.htm
  5. English Language Listening Lab Online (ELLLO; more than 1,000 free listening activities with a downloadable MP3 audio file, transcript and interactive quiz)
    www.elllo.org/english/home.htm
  6. English Lessons with Jennifer (free online videos on various topics, including grammar and pronunciation)
    www.youtube.com/user/jenniferesl
  7. English for All (includes vocabulary, comprehension and grammar activities for 20 online video episodes)
    http://www.usalearns.org/index/welcome.cfm?CFID=23672875&CFTOKEN=45152978&jsessionid=3c301d1412da8954bdb05f1b4d505f252697
  8. The Everyday Life Project (life skills-related interactive lessons; free with sign-up)
    www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife
  9. Literacy Learning Activities (listening activities and lessons in printable PDF format; includes exercises on writing a check, using a time sheet, filling out a form and reading a map)
    http://www.mcedservices.com/litex/litex.htm
  10. The Learning Resources (a Web-delivered instruction tool; uses CNN and CBS KPIX news stories with full text and interactive activities; learners can read and listen to the text and view a short video clip of the story)
    literacynet.org/cnnsf/home.html
Audio/Listening Resources
  1. Phonemic Awareness Infusion (reading with an emphasis on pronunciation; audio available)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/web_resources/readings-with-pronunciation
  2. Online Listening Skills Resources (sites that help ESL learners develop conversational English skills)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/lesson-plans/listening
  3. E-How: How To Do Just About Everything (videos on various topics give you an opportunity to listen to a variety of English speakers)
    https://www.ehow.com
  4. Shaggy Dog Stories and Other MP3 Recordings for English Learners
    www.antimoon.com/other/shaggydog.htm
  5. 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)
    www.ezslang.com/index.html
  6. Listening Exercises (advanced level)
    www.eflnet.com/listening/index.php
  7. Speeches (with audio and video; from the History Channel)
    http://www.history.com/speeches
  8. What Do You Hear?: Listening Activities
    http://www.languageguide.org/english/
  9. TPR Exercises (basic commands with simple pictures)
    www.digischool.nl/oefenen/hennyjellema/engels/tpr/voorbladtpr.htm
Audio Resources/CASAS Practice: Listening
  1. Practice English Tutorials and Tests (PETT) Projects: ESOL Listening Practice Tests (multiple choice listening questions by level)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/pett/listening
  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)
    www.oup.com/elt/global/products/stepforward/
Audio Resources/Dictionaries
  1. The Free Dictionary (words pronounced)
    www.thefreedictionary.com
  2. YourDictionary.com (words pronounced)
    www.yourdictionary.com
Audio Resources/Podcasts
  1. ESL Podcast (a long list of listening topics; for high-intermediate and advanced levels)
    www.eslpod.com/website/show_all.php
  2. OhmyNews Podcasts (citizen reporters' stories for learners of English; with audio)
    english.ohmynews.com/english/eng_section.asp?article_class=18
  3. NPR Podcast Directory (a list of programs by topic, title and provider)
    www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php
  4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (provides health promotion and disease prevention tips five days a week in audio and text formats)
    https://www.hhs.gov/programs/prevention-and-wellness/healthy-lifestyle/index.html
  5. PodOmatic (create and listen to free podcasts)
    www.podomatic.com/featured
Audio Resources/Vocabulary
  1. Games With Words (Voice of America Special English)
    www.manythings.org/ww/voan1.html
  2. 1,500 Most Common English Words and Vocabulary (words are pronounced and their definitions are given)
    https://www.englishspeak.com/en/english-words
  3. 1,000 Most Common English Phrases (phrases are pronounced and their definitions are given)
    https://www.englishspeak.com/en/english-phrases
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)
    http://learningenglish.voanews.com/
  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)
    learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-programs-radio-words-stories/latest/978/987.html
  3. Voice of America (American short stories; with transcripts and audio)
    www.manythings.org/voa/stories/
  4. Voice of America: Higher Education in the U.S. (with transcripts and audio)
    www.manythings.org/voa/study/
  5. English Word Book (a glossary of words used in Voice of America stories)
    www.manythings.org/voa/words.htm

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