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New Listening Tests 2020

What’s this about?

We’re writing and creating our own listening lectures. These lectures are well-structured, include clear examples and development. They are designed to help students improve their lecture note-taking skills and to identify clear main ideas and support. 

New MP3

We are fully aware that in some countries teachers and students are unable to access websites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc… So we will begin to add MP3 downloads to our lectures to provide a solution to this issue.

The lesson

This lesson includes:

  • MP3 download
  • Video: Power Point presentation (YouTube / Vimeo)
  • Power Point slides download
  • Pre-lecture vocabulary development sheet
  • Question sheet (table completion, T/F/NG, multiple choice, open answers, etc…)
  • Link to another lesson / resource

Teacher’s notes

  • Hard: Listen twice and take notes. Answer the questions.
  • Medium: Listen twice and take notes on the PPT slides. Answer the questions.
  • Easier: Read the questions. Listen twice and answer the questions.

Free Download: Ethical Consumerism

This short lecture is on the ethics of responsible shopping.

Ethical consumerism 

This is a lecture on defining  ethical consumerism, the associated problems with consumers and the positive advances in the ethical consumerism movement. It includes a video, test questions and PPT. Worksheet Example  Level ***** [B2/C1]  PPT linkVideo [09.01] / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Ethical Consumerism 

The text provides a clear definition of ethical consumerism, discusses what is and what isn’t ethical consumerism and summarises the future of ethical consumption. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.  Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Ethical Consumerism: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson [New for 2020]

The text provides a clear definition of ethical consumerism, discusses what is and what isn’t ethical consumerism and summarises the future of ethical consumption The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Museums

This short lecture discusses the purpose, funding and evolution of museums.

A brief overview of museums 

A short 9-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on museums. It discusses in detail the purpose of museums, how they are funded, their popularity and future evolution, It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [9.10]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

One-sided Academic Argument Essay: Museum [New for 2020]

Question: Should museums be free for everyone? This essay examines the keys arguments around how museums encourage cultural awareness and public education. This lesson contains two essays: one block and one point-to-point.  Sources:6 / Example / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

The British High Street

This short lecture gives a brief history, the current situation and possible solutions.

The decline of the British high street

A short 8-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on the high street. It discusses the history, the current situation and its economic and societal effects and finishes with some possible solutions. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [7.44] / MP3 /  PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

One-Sided Academic Argument Essay: Is the British high street dying? [New for 2020]

Question: Do you agree that the British high street is dying? This essay examines the keys arguments that high business rates and the popularity of internet shopping have caused many physical shops to close. This lesson contains two essays: one block and one point-by-point.  Sources:4 / Example / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Amazon: The world’s largest retailer

This short lecture gives an overview of the company, recruitment and recent criticism.

 Amazon: the world’s largest retailer 

A short 8-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on Amazon. It discusses the company, recruitment, recent criticisms of safety and Amazon’s response, It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [9.10]MP3 / PPT link in download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Amazon: The largest internet company in the world [new for 2020]

The text provides an overview of the company, its innovative strategies, the digitalisation of warehousing systems and the darker side of working at Amazon.The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Amazon: the retail giant. Reading & Summary Writing Lesson

The text provides an overview of the company, its innovative strategies, the digitalisation of warehousing systems and the darker side of working at Amazon. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Mass Communication: Gatekeeping Theory

This short lecture gives an over of the history, key factors and future of the theory.

Mass communication: gatekeeping theory by AEUK 

A 10-minute lecture on Gatekeeping Theory. The lecture provides a basic historical background, followed by key factors associated with the theory and finally discusses its role in the 21st century . Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [10.19] / MP3 /  PPT link in Download / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Mass Communication: Agenda Setting Theory

The text provides an overview of agenda setting in the media. It discusses its purpose, impact and relevancy in contemporary society. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Agenda Setting Theory: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson

Mass communication: The text provides an overview of agenda setting in the media. It discusses its purpose, impact and relevancy in contemporary society.. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Economic Inequality

This short lecture on the differences between rich and poor wealth

Economic inequality

This is a lecture on what economic inequality is, how wealth is distributed, how the past has affected the present and the current debate. It includes a video, test questions and PPT (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT Link in download /  Video [10.00] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Economic Inequality.

The text defines economic inequality. It discuses differences in income distribution between the rich and poor, it highlights how inequality is measured and offers a range of solutions to address income inequality. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Economic Inequality: Summary  Reading & Writing Lesson

The text discusses what is economic inequality and how it is measured. It also discusses the unfairness of wealth distribution between the rich and the poor and suggests possible solutions to address the situation. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Economic Inequality Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test & summary writing, 1 x lecture listening, [extra reading text] & seminar / example [TEACHER MEMBERSHIP]

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The Gig Economy 

This short lecture on the rise of the gig economy

The gig economy

This is a lecture on defining the Gig Economy and discusses the positives and negatives of three Gig Economies (AirBnB, Uber and Task Rabbit). It includes a video, test questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / PPT link in download /  Video [12.14] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: The Gig Economy 

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Summary Writing: The Gig Economy

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. (Example). Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Gig Economy Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Six Lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, Lecture listening & seminar [TEACHER MEMBERSHIP] More information

 

TED Talk Listening Tests

Artificial Intelligence

Losing control of artificial intelligence (AI)? Sam Harris

TED Talk: An informative talk about the worries of A.I and how we fail to address the seriousness of what A.I could become. Example. Level: ***** [C1]  /  Video [14:27]   / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

How can A.I save humanity? – Kai Fu Lee,

TED TALK: This lecture discusses how China has embraced A.I technology and is accelerating its advancement. It focuses on the main challenges that we all face with an A.I future and how it will positively compliment our lives. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [14:42]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Summary & Response Writing

Topic: 100 year study of A.I (Stanford Uni, 2016). Two page text (included) – students read the text, make notes of key ideas, relevant support and write a 250 word summary. Then they write 150-word critical response. Lesson includes a plan, outline, suggested main points and support, a model summary and model response [webpage].  Level ***** [B2/C1] Example / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Artificial Intelligence Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading & summary writing, 2 x lecture listenings & seminar / example 

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Happiness

 What makes a good life? Robert Waldinger

TED TALK: Lessons from the longest study on happiness by Harvard. It discusses the success of the study and what the findings were. [Example]  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / Download PPT. / Video [12:46]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Understanding happiness

The text discusses the three dimensions of happiness, happiness at home and work and the recent research into what are the important features of happiness. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Understanding happiness: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson 

The text discusses the three dimensions of happiness, happiness at home and work and the recent research into what are the important features of happiness. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. ( ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Happiness Lesson PDF Book [new for 2020]

AMAZING VALUE – Six lessons in one book. Introduction, definitions, questionnaire, reading test & summary writing, 1 x lecture listening & seminar / Example / Webpage link /

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Noise Pollution

Why Noise is bad for your health and what you can do about it Mathias Basner

TED TALK: This lecture discusses the rise in environmental noise and its psychological and physical effects. It proposes a number of possible solutions to control and reduce noise. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [09:58]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Noise Pollution – the under-estimated threat to health

The text discusses what noise pollution is and how it has recently been recognised as harmful to health. The text explores recent empirical evidence into the detrimental effects of noise pollution and presents the W.H.O (2018) guidelines for reducing urban noise. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 
 
 

Noise Pollution: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson

The text discusses what noise pollution is and how it has recently been recognised as harmful to health. The text explores recent empirical evidence into the detrimental effects of noise pollution and presents the W.H.O (2018) guidelines for reducing urban noise. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  Example. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Noise Pollution Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, lecture listening & seminar More information

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Video Games

Your brain on video games Daphne Bavelier

TED TALK: This TED talk discusses how action-packed shooter games can be used as educational and rehabilitation tools. It provides clear examples of research and an analysis of the brain. PowerPoint. (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [17:51]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: The impact of video games on health.

The text discusses three serious health issues connected to playing video games. The text uses eight key sources to highlight gaming to be a future health concern. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (see ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Video Games: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson

The text discusses three serious health issues connected to playing video games. The text uses eight key sources to highlight gaming to be a future health concern. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  Example. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Video Games Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, lecture listening & seminar. Example

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: an introduction

This lecture focuses on critical thinking at university. It includes a definition, alternative thinking styles, Bloom’s taxonomy and how to apply analysing and evaluation questions to reading and writing. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [10.00]  / MP3  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Critical thinking – reading text analysis (new for 2020)

A great lesson for developing and practising critical thinking skills. It is a 400-word text on ‘going to university’ with over 15 possible problems. Students use the higher level thinking skills of analysis and evaluation to examine, question and critique the textExample.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  MEMBERSHIP 

Critical Speaking – 8 questions most people get wrong! (new for 2020)

A great lesson for highlighting facts over opinions. This lesson asks students to discuss 8 questions based around a variety of topics. The lesson is based on research by Hans Rosling a UN advisor, professor of international health and medical physician, who argues many people have an over-dramatic world view that its not based on facts. The lesson includes factual data from the World Bank and UN to support all answers. Example.  Level: ***** [C1 – High level]  MEMBERSHIP

Critical Thinking Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, text analysis reading, lecture listening test, and speaking discussion. Example[TEACHER MEMBERSHIP]

Academic Plagiarism: writing / essay mills

Academic plagiarism (same text as reading)

This lecture focuses on academic plagiarism, what custom essay writing services are and the associated problems and solutions. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example). It is exactly the same text as the reading lesson. Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [12.00] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Academic Plagiarism – the use of custom essay writing services / writing mills

The text discusses what is academic plagiarism, what are custom essay writing services and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students using them. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.  (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1]TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 
 
 

Academic Plagiarism: Summary  Reading & Writing Lesson

The text discusses what is academic plagiarism, what are custom essay writing services (writing mills) and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students using them. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  Example. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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U.S. Gun Culture

  

U.S. gun culture

This lecture focuses on the rise of gun-related deaths and mass shootings in the U.S. It investigates the barriers that prevent stricter gun controls and calls for a ban on semi-automatic weapons. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / PPT Link in download /  Video [11.31] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Summary Gap Fill Listening Tests

What are gap-fill summaries? go here

Business Innovation

Business model innovation by University of St.Gallen

This lecture discusses how important innovation is for a company. It defines business model innovation and discusses the key steps in using business model patterns to reinvent a company, The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [08.10]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Economic Inequality

Economic inequality by AEUK

This lecture discusses what economic inequality is, how wealth is distributed, how the past has affected the future and the current debate. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary.  Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [10.00]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Fast Fashion

 

The environmental impact of fast fashion   by S.Williams

This lecture discusses how the fast fashion clothing industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. It focuses on materials, manufacturing and consumer waste. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.10]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Globalisation

Globalisation: economic, political, & cultural relationships by Edeos

This lecture discusses the key elements to the rise of globalisation. It focuses on the inter-connected relationships of politics, culture and the economy. It includes a lots of important vocabulary. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.10] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Globalisation: International Trade.

The text defines the key points associated to globalization. It discusses the disparity of progression of trade between countries and highlights the integration of in-ward and out- ward looking policies. It finally points out that three key areas of international globalization are imperative for the economic growth of a country.The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Summary Writing: Globalisation: International Trade.

The text defines the key points associated to globalisation. It discusses the disparity of progression of trade between countries and highlights the integration of in-ward and out- ward looking policies. It finally points out that three key areas of international globalisation are imperative for the economic growth of a country. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Mobile Phones

Mobile phone addiction [TED Talk] by R. Sleight

This lecture discusses the rise in smartphone use, associated data in terms of user usage, and five insights to control addictive tendencies. (Example). Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [11:48] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Mobile Phone Addiction

The text discusses the rise in mobile phone use, the factors that lead to addiction and implications for the future. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Mobile Phone Addiction: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson [New for 2020]

The text discusses the rise in mobile phone use, the factors that lead to addiction and implications for the future. Students take notes on key ideas and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Poor Countries

 

Why some countries are poor and others are rich The School of Life

A really good lecture on the three key elements of why some countries are poor. It discusses how corruption of institutions, culture and geographical features all play a significant role in poverty. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.47]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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4th Manufacturing Revolution 

 

What is the fourth industrial revolution?  by Graeme Codrington

This lecture briefly highlights how the 1st, 2nd and 3rd industrial revolutions connect to the 4th industrial revolution. It clearly explains what is and what isn’t the fourth industrial revolution. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [10.39]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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