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Web Resources - Listening
 
General Topics | Academic English | News English | Business English | Developing Listening Skills

General Topics top ^
  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab (US accents)
    Here are recordings on a wide range of topics, all graded easy, medium, or difficult. Each one has a tapescript with vocabulary help, and questions to check your understanding.
    http://www.esl-lab.com/index.htm

  • English Listening Lounge (mostly US accents)
    There is a free guest area on this site with authentic listening passages ranging from easy to more advanced levels, all with comprehension questions and transcripts. Or you can sign up for free and access many more passages on a variety of different topics that are of interest to students.
    http://www.englishlistening.com/index.php/understand-spoken-english

  • Focus English: Everyday English in Conversation (US accents)
    Here you can hear conversations between native speakers on a number of everyday topics. Most listening passages have tapescripts available, and a few (most of the ones in ‘Communication’) have accompanying exercises for practice.
    http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html

  • The Moonlit Road (US accents)
    If you like mystery and ghost stories, this is the site for you! There are lots of ghost stories and strange folktales which you can listen to or read. You can even read the script and listen at the same time.
    http://www.themoonlitroad.com/

  • ELLLO - English Language Listening Lab Online (various accents)
    Listen to people from different countries around the world discussing topics of interest to them. For each audio there are comprehension questions and tapescripts. The best way to listen to each interview is to go to 'Audio Slide Show' or 'Audio Slide Quiz'. To find more interviews, click on 'Interviews' in the top left-hand corner of the home page.
    http://www.elllo.org/
    http://www.elllo.org/months/theme.htm - to search for different topics

  • The Many Roads to Japan (US accents)
    This is an interactive, downloadable story about the adventures of a foreigner who is searching for his identity. You can listen to and/or read the story in stages, try the questions and exercises after each chapter and listen to the author read the answers to you, or go to one of the many related links to get extra information on the issues which interest you.
    http://www2.gol.com/users/norris/roadsdownload.html - to download the sound files
    http://www2.gol.com/users/norris/roads1.html - to find links for comprehension questions

  • Stories About People
    Listen to the biographies of the famous people around the world. You will learn more about different artists, athletes, inventors, journalists, musicians, etc.
    http://www.manythings.org/voa/people/


Academic English top ^
  • Randall ' s ESL Cyber Listening Lab (US accents)
    Scroll down to ‘Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes’ for recordings on a wide range of topics. You can select from medium, difficult or very difficult. Each recording has a tapescript with vocabulary help, and questions to check your understanding.
    http://www.esl-lab.com/index.htm

  • Using English for Academic Purposes - Listening (UK accents)
    This is a site for advanced English students to improve their academic listening skills. There is a wealth of information on listening sub-skills plus many listening texts (mostly speeches, lectures or news items) with exercises to practice each of the sub-skills.
    http://www.uefap.com/listen/listfram.htm

News English top ^
  • China Daily Language Tips (US accents)
    This site is especially for Chinese learners. Under and ‘Audio and Video’ or ‘Online Listening’ there are links to VOA news stories which can be both listened to and/or read. Some are specially recorded at low speed, to help learners, while some are at normal speed. Definitions of difficult vocabulary are given.
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/language_tips/ - recent news articles
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/lt/lt_voanormal.html - archive stories

  • Adult Learning Activities (US accents)
    This site is provided by the California Department of Education for intermediate level students, and features many stories taken from American news stations, listed under categories. You can read or listen to the original story, plus read a simplified version and do vocabulary exercises on the key words. Some also have accompanying video clips.
    http://www.cdlponline.org

  • Learning Resources (US accents)
    On this site, you can read, listen to and/or watch CNN or CBS news stories, then complete related reading and vocabulary exercises. Each story is available in full version, summary version, and in outline form, to help you understand the main points.
    http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/home.html


Business English top ^
  • Learning English - Ten Days (UK accents)
    This is a ten-part interactive intermediate Business English course. Follow the experiences of two young executives as they travel to attend a conference. Choose between ‘a good day’and ‘a bad day’ then begin with ‘Video’ and follow the program through. Tapescripts are available for all the listening tasks.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/tendays/index.shtml (This site is provided courtesy of BBC World Service)

Developing Listening Skills top ^
  • Study Skills Success (UK & Australian accents)
    This program is specifically designed to help you prepare for the IELTS examination. However the ‘Speaking’ module will also help you develop speaking strategies for everyday conversation.
    http://hkbu.libguides.com/az.php?t=9895

  • Using English for Academic Purposes - Listening (UK accents)
    This is a site for advanced English students to improve their academic listening skills. There is a wealth of information on listening sub-skills plus many listening texts (mostly speeches, lectures or news items) with exercises to practice each of the sub-skills.
    http://www.uefap.com/listen/listfram.htm

  • Road to IELTS (UK accents)
    This is an IELTS Preparation program subscribed to by HKBU library. There are modules on each of the four skills (including Listening) arranged under topic headings, plus vocabulary development exercises to match each topic.
    http://hkbu.libguides.com/az.php?t=9895