Listening is the language modality that is used most frequently. It has been estimated that adults spend almost half their communication time listening, and students may receive as much as 90% of their in-school information through listening to instructors and to one another. Given the importance of listening in everyday life, it is essential for us to help you become effective listeners and, for that, the aim of this post is to provide listening practice in authentic situations, those that you are likely to encounter when you use the language outside the classroom.
Audio webpages with exercises:
–http://www.elllo.org/ Here you can access over 100 video clips and you can choose whether to show or hide the transcript. We recommend you hide it the first time you listen to the clip and try to do the exercises on the right , check your score and listen again with the text. Try to read it aloud at the same time as you hear it.
–http://www.listenaminute.com/ In this webpage, you will find 1 minute audio clips arranged by topic with a variety of exercises.
-http://dictationsonline.com/ Why not have a go at dictation? here you will find a good graded selection. Listen to the whole passage first, then it is read slowly to allow time for writing, finally, you will be able to listen to the whole thing before you check.
–http://www.agendaweb.org/listening/dictations.html In this webpage with dictations, you write in the box the words you hear and when you click CHECK the words will get written in the right place in the text.
– http://www.esl-lab.com/ A wonderful page with many excerpts graded by difficulty and topic and some vocabulary tips. They come with pre- listening exercises which we recommend you do to focus well on the listening task, you can check your answers on line and if you feeling industrious you can do the follow up exercises too.
– http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bllisteningquiz.htm Some nice quizzes with questions and answers.
www.ted.com/themes TED is a series of talks given by world experts on a variety of topics. Their success formula I feel lies on their short duration of the talks (apparently our concentration span lasts around 20 minutes) and the amazing speakers that they use that make their topic accessible to the common spectator.So from Nobel and Pulitzer winners to celebrities like Bill Gates or Bill Clinton they bring us their message in clear words and in short. Also the fact that they offer subtitles helps with concentration.
Audio pages with transcripts:
–http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/ A very nice site with loads of news and stories in American English. No exercises but you can download into your MP3 and read the scripts.
–http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/ This a great podcast service from the BBC on a good variety of topics. There is only one question, however it comes with some vocabulary explanations and you can download the script to follow the audio.
–http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/Some classic literature in downloadable version.
–http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video#directory A directory of downloadable videos and books.
-http://www.roalddahlfans.com/audiobooks.php A great website for fans of Roal Dalh with great audio versions of his works.