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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

  • 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/

  • 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


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 ^
  • 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