Open up your ears

Listening is the language modality that is used most frequently. It is estimated that adults spend almost half their communication time listening, and students may receive as much as 90% of their in-school information through listening to instructors and to one another.

Given the importance of listening in everyday life, it is essential for us to help you become effective listeners and, for that, the aim of this post is to provide listening practice in authentic situations, those that you are likely to encounter when you use the language outside the classroom.

Audio webpages with exercises

http://www.esl-lab.com/ A wonderful page with  many excerpts graded by difficulty and topic and some vocabulary tips. They come with pre- listening exercises which we recommend you do to focus well on the listening task, you can check your answers on line.

http://www.ellloplus.org/elllo_blog/ Look for content on elllo by topic (content), level, speaker and nationality or go to the mixer section to listen to various accents. Activities include multimedia, free MP3 files, vocab tasks, language notes, print page and much more.

http://www.listenaminute.com/ In this webpage, you will find 1 minute audio clips arranged by topic with a variety of exercises

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/ Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. Your weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Friday. Each programme is six minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.

http://dictationsonline.com/ Why don’t you try a dictation? here you will find a good graded selection. Listen to the whole passage first, then it is read slowly to allow time for writing, finally, you will be able to listen to the whole thing before you check.

http://www.lyricstraining.com/index.php is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your English through the music and lyrics of the songs.

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