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Date: Feb 12 2008

Topic: Listening

Author: dignified


The Web is here to help

Are you one of those who feel...

o that you don't get enough listening practice in class?
o that audio-books at the school library don't quite cover your needs?
o that you don't have time for listening to English?
o that there are not interesting listening resources at hand?
o that the texts you can listen to are not challenging enough?

All right. If you have ticked at least one of the previous, then carry on reading, because I'll try to help you try.

And this might be the answer to your worries: The world is at your feet thanks to the Internet. Please try some of the following links below and get back to me. You won't be disappointed!

Hey hey hey. Hold on, hold on. Did you say you can't try because you don't have an Internet connection at home? Well... What's the title of this article again? "No more excuses!" Why don't you come over to the Aula Multimedia? It's located on the ground floor of the school and it's open a certain amount of hours every week, JUST FOR YOU. Now... there you go.

For all levels:

http://www.vaughanradio.com : This is a radio devised specially for students of English, which offers a variety of programmes running all day. They deal with specific aspects of the four skills + grammar and vocabulary. Very, very interesting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml : Listen and watch video, music, pictures and more. Specially designed for students of English too.

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/about.html# : Listen to the sounds of English and improve your pronunciation. Watch a video of the mouth pronouncing vowels and consonants.

http://www.esl-lab.com/ : Listening quizzes for all levels

http://www.repeatafterus.com/ : Drama, prose, poetry, children's stories... Many of them are read aloud in English! Very entertaining. Their free audio clips provide an excellent resource for students and literature lovers of all ages.

http://www.everydayenglish.com/ It has audio, video and animated tiny lessons for those tricky, idiomatic parts of the English language.

http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/ : News Radio for English learners

http://www.elllo.org/ : English Language Listening Lab Online. Here you can practice and learn English by listening to English speakers from all over the world. Games, Songs... etc.

For beginners and pre-intermediate students:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/storycircle/ : Interactive fairy tales from all over the world. Choose a story and listen to it while you read the subtitles, karaoke-like.

http://www.globalenglishsalon.com/english/ : Modern English for every day situations and at normal conversational speeds. American accents.

http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~lfried/activity/listening.html : Several listening activities for students of English.

http://www.eflclub.com/6movies/harrypotter/harrypotter.htm : A fill-in-the-gaps exercise on Harry Potter's trailer!

http://www.eflclub.com/6movies/movies.html : Other movies and video clips

http://www.eflclub.com/2songs/songs.html : Songs with gaps to fill while you listen.

For advanced students:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/ : News in English in many different channels. Listen to live programmes or recorded ones.

http://www.storyteller.net/stories/audio : Storytellers perform their stories for you! Both children and adults are welcome.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/interviews/ : Very famous people being interviewed. Take your pick. There are actors, composers, singers, politicians, scientists, sports personalities... I wouldn't believe you if you said you're not interested in any of them!

http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html : Listen to everyday English conversations. Useful also for developing your speaking skills and your fluency.

http://www.nbc.com/ : Watch TV on the net. Hundreds of videos to play and listen to.

http://www.english-the-international-language.com/listening.html : Listening comprehension exercises on various topics.

I hope these websites help all of you improve your listening skills.Regards.

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