Listening Materials

In my office we are always searching for listening materials. Looking for authentic, interesting content that is at the right level for students can be tough. I wanted to share a few resources I have found very useful:

  1. British Council Teens – Listening
  • Content is broken down by levels.
  • Interactive component to submit and check and answers on the site (Great for interactive white boards)
  • Printable worksheets and answers
  • Interesting content (can be adaptable to any age not just teens)Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 8.40.39 am

2. Podcasts

You can either find a subject area related to you students or create you own like we did here:

  • Engaging
  • Authentic
  • Great for self study
  • Exposure to international accents

3. Interviews / Radio – Conversations on the streets of Melbourne 

Listen to ABC Drive interviews with people of the streets of Melbourne

  • Great for higher levels
  • Interesting
  • Authentic
  • Has a lot of background noise and natural speech patterns

4. ESL Cyber listening Lab 

  • Content is broken down by levels.
  • Interactive component to submit and check and answers on the site (Great for interactive white boards)
  • Great for self study

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Listening is an Act of Love

I find that students really respond well to true stories. Often I use personal stories to break the ice with students. A friend G recently posted this and I love it. It is an animated feature from story corps. It includes 6 short true stories. Some are tear jerkers. some and funny and some are just quirky. They all warm the heart.  They are interesting and would make a great hook or early finisher activity.

Oh and here is my new tea cup I recently purchased on a weekend trip to Belgrade, Serbia. IMG_6448 IMG_6452