Listening

Links for practicing auditory English skills, including videos and podcasts with transcripts so you can practice listening and reading along. Some websites have a suggested level assigned to them, so that you can self-pace your learning and choose resources appropriate for your abilities.


Bus Stop English Resources:

VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS 

Description: Good for beginners and intermediates

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/ 

 

CURRENT ENGLISH – Each Culips episode is designed to teach you the natural English vocabulary, idioms, expressions, slang, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, and grammar that you need to take your English to the next level. Really comprehensive site with natural sounding fluent speakers at different speech paces. 

https://www.culips.com/ 

 

RANDALL’S ESL CAFE SHORT VIDEOS

Description: Short 30-60 second video clips about dozens of cultural/daily life topics and comprehension questions afterward

http://www.esl-lab.com/videoclips.htm

 

ENGLISH AUDIO AND VIDEO LIBRARY – Fluent speakers with different accents on audio and video tracks speak about a variety of topics, incl. current events and grammar. Transcripts are included. Some games, workshops and lessons as well. 

http://www.elllo.org/index.htm

 

ENGLISH 101 YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Top 25 English phrases Alisha hosts this “English 101” YouTube. You can find episodes on just about anything. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCpPYQuHkyM

 

RANDALL’S ESL LISTENING LAB

Description: A wonderful, large collection of listening and practice resources for English language learners. Try one of the dozens and dozens of listening “quizzes” which can provide a springboard for building listening skills, conversing with your language partner, vocabulary-building, and other insights. About 160 brief, realistic, often humorous dialogues—easy to difficult—on a variety of topics; self-scoring listening comprehension quizzes, vocabulary activities, and transcripts

http://www.esl-lab.com/index.htm

 

MANY THINGS: Listen and Read Along:
(Flash/MP3)—Short to long narratives shown line by line and spoken slowly. User can have the program repeat each sentence multiple times. (Site is very slow at timesof heavy use.)
http://www.manythings.org/listen/

REAL ENGLISH
Videos of “real people” recorded in public places in the USA with exercises, beginning to intermediate levels http://www.real-english.com/ 

 

STORY CORPS

Description: short, natural, very personal conversations and monologues, many on difficult topics, organized by theme, good for high intermediate or advanced learners

https://storycorps.org/listen/

 

NEWSELA

https://newsela.com/

Description: Newsela delivers daily news articles at five reading levels from grade 3 through 12. Articles are accompanied by comprehension quizzes and other activities to ensure that the readers engage thoughtfully with the content. New articles daily!

 

NEWSY

Description: features short news segments across a variety of topics from business to entertainment, international to US news. One of the best things about Newsy is that each video is posted with a transcript of the news report, giving ESL students the choice of just listening, or listening and reading. Advanced
http://www.newsy.com/categories/us/

 

BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH

Description: This website features short news stories at seven different levels in addition to various activities that accompany each story.

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

HEALTH 

Description: Health interactive language activities for ESL beginners  http://www.reepworld.org/englishpractice/health/index.htm

 

FAMILY 

Description: Family interactive language activities for ESL beginners: includes very simple real family stories AND lifeskills, such as parent teacher conference prep.  http://www.reepworld.org/englishpractice/family/index.htm

 

WORK

Description: Work interactive language activities. Excellent stories from real people about dealing with real problems at work. Slow reading for beginners with visual back-up. 

http://www.reepworld.org/englishpractice/work/index.htm

 

CITIZENSHIP

USCIS Gov. site: 

Student self-guided study and information about the test:

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test

 

Civics Flash Cards

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/PDFs/M-623_red_slides.pdf

 

Civics Practice Test Videos: These short videos simulate the civics portion of the naturalization test.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnQlGT-M4sI&list=PLpNZsaiyFfG0mZUx6aS8Tn2pANNymRDaJ&index=5

 

Academic: 

Reep World
http://www.reepworld.org
A great collection of resources loosely organized by level. Look under the section titled ‘Student Links’. The ‘Story Lessons’ on the front page are also particularly useful. 

Larry Ferlazzo
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/larry-ferlazzos-english-website/
Varied list of topics with many English practice sites. 

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages: Downloadable ESL MP3s
http://www.iteslj.org/links/ESL/Listening/Downloadable_MP3_Files/
A great variety of levels and topics, downloadable ESL mp3 audio files for listening tasks. 

Online Content
http://www.www.khanacademy.org
Free online content from different academic areas for learners of any persuasion. Great way to learn English via academic content–good for international TAs. 

USA Learns
http://www.usalearns.org
This website contains, well, everything, all in digital format. It has online books, videos, texts, audio files, and all sorts of resources. 

Academic Prep
http://www.reepworld.org/studentsite/favlinks.html#listening
College level practice and college application practice in the form of an open-source massive writing curriculum textbook/resource site. Some is geared towards college applications, some ESL material could be used for reading comprehension, writing prompts, or oral discussion. 

Academic
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micase
High interest listening and video materials in the news. You can search through the list for specific academic disciplines and find transcripts and tapes of real academic speech at a U.S. university. 

Professional
http://www.sozoexchange.com/
This site contains pronunciation, vocabulary, and culture videos for professional English language development. Warning: contains many ads. 

Conversational/General Interest
http://en.yappr.com/welcome/VideoList.action
A site that offers daily videocasts of current events with transcripts so you can hear, see and read the discussion.

ESL Listening Lab
http://www.esl-lab.com/index.htm
A site that offers a number of audio recordings, and quizzes you on the contents. General English, not Academic English. Contains around 160 brief, realistic, and often humorous dialogues (ranging from easy to difficult) on a variety of topics, as well as self scoring quizzes, vocabulary activities, and transcripts. 

ESL Listening Lab
http://www.esl-lab.com/videoclips.htm
Short 30-60 second video clips about dozens of cultural/daily life topics with comprehension quizzes afterwards. 

EnglishYappr
http://www.en.yappr.com/welcome/Welcome.action
This site contains many video files (commercials, movie clips, news) along with user-submitted transcripts. This allows students to see how written words are produced in fluent speech. Note: You must register to gain access after free trial. 

Common Craft
http://www.commoncraft.com
Many short videos that explain various topics in technology, society, and finance in plain English, ranging from “cloud computing” and “Twitter” to “electing a US President” and “CFL lightbulbs”. It’s a good example for ITA’s to see some potentially technical or complex topics explained in really simple way. The transcripts are available, too, (you can find a link in the bottom left of the site for each presentation), so it’s also a convenient resource for students to listen, mark prominence and pauses, and imitate.

Self-Monitoring Software
http://www.muddybranch.com/DialectX.html
Free audio playback tool with short delay to help learners self-monitor. Mac OS download available. 

English Listening: Varied Levels
http://www.englishlistening.com/
Variety of speakers, levels, and difficulty. Some sources are free, others require a fee. 

Many Things: Varied Levels
http://www.manythings.org/listen
Many different high interest, short podcast with transcriptions. Includes both short and long narratives shown line by line and spoken slowly. Users can have the program repeat each sentence multiple times. (Site very slow at times of heavy use.) 

English Central: Varied Levels
http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#/browse-app
Videos and courses on a variety of topics and levels, addressing a variety of skills; response to oral input of user. Requires free registration for extensive access. 

 

Special Topics, Podcasts, and News: 

NOVA: The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/secretlife/
Very interesting interviews with STEM stars–you can listen and read along. 

Newsy
http://www.newsy.com/categories/us/
Features short news segments across a variety of topics from business to entertainment, international to US news. One of the best things about Newsy is that each video is posted with a transcript of the news report, giving ESL students the choice of just listening, or listening and reading.

 

Games:

Games
http://www.freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1495
Games involving English language vocabulary, will donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer. 

Getty Museum
http://www.getty.edu/gettygames/
Getty Museum website with lots of interactive games based on museum holdings. One of the games directs the user to find the differences between art pieces that have been slightly altered. Great for partner work. 

 

Songs and Poems: 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat  http://www.manythings.org/pp/row_your_boat.html
Limericks: http://www.manythings.org/pp/lady_from_niger.html
Tongue Twisters: http://www.manythings.org/pp/woodchuck.html  
Songs on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6H1a7YUac  

 

Resources by Level: 

Voice of America News (Beginning and Intermediate)
http://www.learningenglish.voanews.com/
Can listen and read along about news and current events in slow and clear English.

Real English (Beginning and Intermediate)
http://www.real-english.com/
Videos of “real people” recorded in public places in the USA with exercises. 

Learning Activities (Intermediate and Advanced)
http://www.learningenglish.voanews.com/
A collection of audio recordings and stories about many topics for ESL students to practice their listening comprehension skills. 

English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLO) (Intermediate and Advanced)
http://www.ello.org/
Natural monologues and conversations recorded by English speakers from many countries; transcripts and quizzes available. 

This American Life (Advanced)
http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Archive.aspx
High interest podcasts with lots of cultural information. 

Free Courses (Advanced)
http://www.coursera.org
Free courses online taught by verified university professors for self-paced learning. 

TED Talks (Advanced)
http://www.ted.com
Fascinating talks on all sorts of topics for change. Can watch with subtitles or read the transcript in English.

YouTube Education (Advanced)
http://www.youtube.com/education
Weeds through the mass of Youtube videos and collects interesting, educational lessons.

NPR News (Advanced)
http://www.npr.org
High interest listening and video materials in the news. 

Story Corps (Advanced)
http://storycorps.org/listen
Short, natural, very personal conversations and monologues, many on difficult topics. Organized by theme, good for intermediate or advanced learners. 

Writing Commons (Advanced)
http://www.writingcommons.org/
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed open text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.