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Activities and Exercises for ESL Students (Listening)

One of the funniest descriptions of how to learn English pronunciation I've heard recently is this: "Listen to how native speakers pronounce the language, and then do that." Of course, English pronunciation isn't quite that easy for many people, especially if you're not a talented mimic, but it is true that improving English pronunciation, like improving English speaking skills in general, requires practice. On this page, I've listed several online sites where students can practice listening in a variety of contexts. From the amazing and comprehensive Randall's Cyber Listening Lab to smaller sites, I hope this will provide you with a good idea of the kinds of listening practice available on the net.

Note: remember, please email me if you see something inappropriate or a broken link, etc. Your feedback helps keep the site up-to-date! Click here to send me email. --Kristina

18 Links in the category "Activities and Exercises for ESL Students (Listening)"

Learn English by Radio
Submitted on 2012-11-15 by MissMuse [Edit] [Delete]
LEARN ENGLISH BY RADIO is a series of iPhone apps that greatly improves listening comprehension in ESL and EFL students. Innovative features include variable speed audio; synched, reversible transcripts; embedded links for immediate pronunciation, idiom, vocabulary and grammar clarifications. These apps seamlessly weave ESL education into classic American radio shows such as Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Our Miss Brooks (comedy) and X Minus 1 (sci-fi).

Online Picture Dictionary
Submitted on 2011-06-08 by opd [Edit] [Delete]
Online Picture Dictionary with Images, Text and Audio

How do you pronounce English words and use them? (by EmbedPlus.com)
Submitted on 2011-06-07 by Tay Omojokun [Edit] [Delete]
A multimedia pronunciation dictionary and English usage API. Search for a word and get not only audio pronunciations but also videos of people speaking and using the word in context.

Stories for Listening and Speaking Practice
Submitted on 2009-11-05 by serdar [Edit] [Delete]
Improve your English pronunciation, vocabulary, listening comprehension and speaking skills through audio short stories and reading passages

Cool English Podcasts
Submitted on 2009-04-06 by Marshall Lee [Edit] [Delete]
Free and fun ESL podcast site for native speakers of Chinese who are learning English

ESL Videos
Submitted on 2009-03-24 by Charles Kelly [Edit] [Delete]
YouTube videos to help you study English.

The English Desk
Submitted on 2008-12-12 by Leslie Catling [Edit] [Delete]
Everyday English from Canada for Esl students. Short podcasts to help students improve listening and pronunciation with text.

Multimedia English Classroom
Submitted on 2008-09-04 by mangel [Edit] [Delete]
The 100% free multimedia website to learn and practise authentic English having fun. Videos and songs with transcripts, comments and explanations, jokes, multimedia activities, phonetics, video lessons, beautiful slideshows, chats and more!

Esl excel
Submitted on 2008-07-27 by Miriam Snyder [Edit] [Delete]
Free ESL multi-level lessons! Get started learning English now!

languagecaster.com - english through football
Submitted on 2007-10-03 by Damian [Edit] [Delete]
languagecaster.com - learn English through soccer can be found at http://www.languagecaster.com/ The site has a free weekly podcast with worksheets, transcripts, online quizzes and vocabulary lists for learners of English who like football.

Lingual Net
Submitted on 2006-10-07 by Michael Rost [Edit] [Delete]
100 short films in various categories (narrative, documentary, animation, travel, home made) with on-off subtitle option, transcripts, and short comprehension exercises.

Ellie's English
Submitted on 2006-09-13 by ellie [Edit] [Delete]
Fun text and audio for intermediate level students of English as a foreign language. As well as listening to two hours of free audio you can visit the bulletin board and read the guest blogs and daily idioms.

Randall's Cyber Listening Lab
Submitted on 2006-08-31 by Webmaster [Edit] [Delete]
One of the most comprehensive listening sites on the web. For years, Randall has been adding to this amazing archive of audio activities. This is one to check out!

Learn English with Teacher Joe!
Submitted on 2005-05-30 by Joseph DeVeto [Edit] [Delete]
Learn English using dictations, listening games, quizzes, idioms and audio jokes. Also learn idioms and business English.
[ Webmaster's Note: Warning to Mozilla users: some of the listening and other games on this site may crash your browser. You may want to use Internet Explorer to view this site. --Kristina ]

English Language Listening Lab Online (elllo)
Submitted on 2004-11-29 by Joel [Edit] [Delete]
Listen to conversation from English speakers all over the world. One interview for every day of the year. Many supplemental activities and transcripts are included on each interview.

Arlyn Freed's ESL/EFL Listening Resources
Submitted on 2002-02-03 by Arlyn Freed [Edit] [Delete]
(LISTENING) Reviews of web sites with ESL specific, semi-authentic and authentic listening pieces; advantages and disadvantages of each site are noted. Sites offer students opportunities to practice listening skills in various fields such as: history, law, science, the environment, and US culture. This is a project in flux and will be updated and expanded periodically. Suggestions welcome!

Sounds of English
Submitted on 2001-06-01 by Sharon Widmayer [Edit] [Delete]
Includes pronunciation resources for learners of English, conference presentations on teaching pronunciation with technology, links to ESL listening and speaking web sites, activities and exercises, and tips for teachers.

eslhome.com Environmental Listening Resources
Submitted on 2001-04-16 by Arlyn Freed [Edit] [Delete]
eslhome.com Environmental Listening Resources -- Topic: The Environment. Oral reviews by ESL students of authentic listening pieces available on the web. Links to reviewed listening pieces and source web sites included. Created April 2000, updated May 2002.

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