BEST Listening Resources

Useful websites for self-study (Listening)

These Listening web sites are a good way to improve and build upon your listening ability:

Listen to English podcasts: This is an excellent site. You can listen to lots of stories on a wide range of topics or download them to your mp3 player. Language notes or quizzes are included.  Look at the archive to see the full list of topics.
Breaking News: Intermediate to Advanced Students. News stories with vocabulary and comprehension exercises. Recent stories have audio and are added weekly. You can choose stories from the theme (topic) list near the bottom of the page.
English Conversations: There are many different conversations, and you can listen, read the script and practice interactive listening activities. Business English topics are included.
TED: Presents speeches by famous people on all sorts of different subjects.
VILC: The Virtual ILC is an Australian site with different sections.  Go to ‘Realweb’ for language learning tasks; ‘Easynews’ to listen to news articles and answer questions or ‘Listen to this’  for listening about a topic. This site is only available within Victoria University.
Behind the News: Watch and listen to the BTN news.
BBC Learn English: Listen and read the news. You can watch & listen.
ABC Radio National: The site has authentic listening material on current topics.
ESL Radio: This Australian site was created by Monash University. The program guide tells you about Monash University. Click on the Listening Activities to choose a listening program.
Listening and Notetaking 1
Listening and Notetaking 2
BHCC Library & Learning Commons
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab: A wonderful site dedicated to providing hours of listening practice for ESL students
English Listening Lounge: For free and subscription access. Free guest area for various listening levels.
Interesting Things for ESL Students: There are many activities to improve your English.
Great American Speeches
Speeches from American movies
British Council – Learn English

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