LISTENING SITES: You’ve come to the right place if you want to check out my latest “quick picks”. Listening comprehension is perhaps the longest skill to acquire so practice frequently! And remember to combine pleasure with work!
ESLPOD.com: This is a site to learn English in context while listening. Lots of vocabulary and interesting subjects read by American speakers from Los Angeles, California…my birthplace!
Voice of America (VOA) Special English: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/
Listen to the most recent 30-Minute Broadcast; VOA’s Special English has a limited vocabulary of about 1,500 words (http://www.manythings.org/voa/words.htm) and is spoken at a slow pace (includes scripts).
¨The Sounds of American English: http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html
University of Iowa’s Phonetics; Requires Flash and QuickTime. Listen and Watch how to pronounce sounds
¨Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab: http://esl-lab.com/index.htm
¨8 Language Listening Tips: http://www.geocities.com/~newfields/art/lis.htm
Practice sentence stress and pronunciation skills
More practice on iIntonation and Stress with a key to understanding and being understood
¨Exercises Advanced Learners: http://esl.about.com/library/courses/blcourses_advanced_listening.htm
Scroll down to “Accent Quizzes”
¨Listening–Sites for comprehension: http://esl.about.com/cs/listeningresource/
¨History Channel: http://www.historychannel.com
Will help your listening skills with great speeches that have changed the course of history
This outstanding listening resource for intermediate to advanced students offers listening texts on a variety of topics and a variety of accents with downloadable texts including glossaries and comprehension exercises
¨English Listening Lounge: http://jaltcall.org/cjo/5_99/listening_lounge.htm
The site offers monologues by native or close to native speakers of English which the visitor can listen to using Real Audio Player
¨Public Broadcasting System (PBS) (US): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/
This site offers video files that you can watch while reading the script (from ‘The News Hour with Jim Lehrer’). Click on “Video Picks” and while listening scroll down the transcript. You can stop if there’s a word you don’t understand. Highly Recommended.
¨Public Radio Fan: http://www.publicradiofan.com/ : site offering hundreds of public radio stations around the world