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How to improve your English listening skills

Listening is the most difficult skill to improve quickly, so it needs lots of practice. Using listening test sites provides a purpose for listening and aids motivation. Listening tests improve your listening skills as they help you check your understanding, identify main ideas and recognise key supporting details.

 

Listening Websites: Improve your listening skills

Here are some great websites we recommend to our students to improve their listening outside of class. These websites will help students gain valuable practice in checking their understanding, identifying main ideas and recognising supporting details. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Breaking news English

Breaking News English

  • 2-minute listening

  • Multi-level A2- C1

  • General news topics

  • Choice of different speeds

  • Gap fill, multiple choice and comprehension questions

  • www.breakingnewsenglish.com

IELTS listening skills

Cambridge IELTS Exam Listening

FCE listening

Cambridge B2 First Exam Listening

Reading lectures

Reading University Lectures

academic English listening

Academic English UK Free Listening Resources

elllo

Elllo

  • 1-minute listening

  • All levels

  • Natural English, grammar based English and academic English

  • A variety of accents

  • Recording, script and short quiz

  • http://www.elllo.org

TED Talks

TED Talks

  • 18-minutes or less listening

  • Multi-level A2- C2 (videos not graded)

  • Influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity

  • A summary of the talk, transcript and subtitles

  • www.ted.com

bbc 6 minute English

BBC 6 Minute English

You tube

YouTube

Future Learn

Future Learn

  • A British digital education platform

  • 100’s of short online courses (from business to programming)

  • Courses ranges from 2 weeks – 12 weeks

  • Sign up. It’s free!

  • https://www.futurelearn.com

  • (not available outside UK)

 

 

Listening Websites: Improve your listening skills

Here are some great websites we recommend to our students to improve their listening outside of class. These websites will help students gain valuable practice in checking their understanding, identifying main ideas and recognising supporting details. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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       Listening note-taking methods

 

Listening note-taking methods 1 [new 2021]

This lesson is an introduction to taking notes using a variety of methods. It begins by providing a guide to seven common methods. The lesson includes five 30-second listenings, two 2-minute listenings and one 8-minute lecture to practice using these methods. Example Time: 90-120mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] Video [08.50] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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 Listening note-taking methods 2 [new 2021]

This lesson is an introduction to abbreviations and note taking using linear, mind map and table methods. The lesson includes four approximately 2-minute lectures and one 8-minute lecture to practice using these methods. Example Time: 90-120mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] Video [07.00] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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