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Dear visitors of LwC community, you are more than welcome to leave your comments and impressions on the websites you explored, visited, used with your students. We'll appreciate it immensely if you stop by and add your favorite sites as well as make any changes here.

Our cordial thanks to all the contributors of this month topic,

Nina Lyulkun



Recommended sites


Susana Canelo
  Hi Lwcers: I've just imported all the links from delicious into  Blink List

Gladdys Baya



ELLLO stands for English Language Listening Lab Online. It is a collection of over 1,000 listening activites that students can view free via the internet. Most listening activites come with a downloadable MP3 audio file, transcipt and interactive quiz. ELLLO offers a variety of listening activities that each target a specific listening skill, need or interest


Improve Your English. You can listen to many different kinds of audio items and read the texts at the same time. To find the meaning of a word, you can click on it and then click the Find button. ... You also have the option of doing a ... CLOZE.  You have three chances to get it right.  If your answer is wrong, you will see this immediately. However, if your answer is correct, please wait while the full text is being processed  


Learnenglishkids  Ideal for younger learners, here you can listen to (and read) short (and longer) stories in simple English. Great fun!



CNN Stories Archive  - Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. Your can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story.


Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab. Looots of quizzes in English for General Purposes, and English for Academic Purposes, Videos and a lot more! (classified by level and topic) (also by Randall: http://www.dailyesl.com/ - which integrates listening into lesson plans!)



Ozge Karadenizl

Focus English This site is dedicated to helping ESL/EFL learners develop conversational English skills.  At FocusEnglish.com, you can:

  • listen to native speakers talk about various topics;

  • learn useful idioms;

  • learn common words and phrases;

  • test your vocabulary skills in everyday English;

  • practice responding, in English, to real-life conversations;

  • listen to native speakers give sample responses


    Breaking News English  Ready-to-use EFL / ESL Lesson Plans & Podcast: Current Events, Lesson Plans.


    I used to use it with my kids. I think it is a great site.
    (Cristina Costa)


    It's a really great site. Current Events Lesson Plans. It's regularly updated and you can get lessons plans ready to use (Susana Canelo)



    Listening: Video online Online videos with exercises for students Real English Video Dictations Exercises

    Find the differences between the videos and the transcripts.Movie Trailers Text reconstruction/dictation exercises. Michel Barbot's Hot Potatoes exercises based on movie clips.



Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

 Both VOA News and BBC have good news stories for listening with accompanying language learning apparatus. VOA also has many articles of general interest in "Special English, " which is slower and with a limited vocabulary and grammar, so it is very good for beginning adult learnings. Most news cable stations, like CNN, are good listening resources, since they have video and some text to give support to learners.


I also like the short exercises at Interesting Things for ESL Students: Listening, and their Podcasts. The front page (also called "Many Things") has links to additional exercises based on VOA audio.

More great options to take advantage of! Thanks Elizabeth!!!
I particularly liked the fact that your mentioning VOA added an option in American English for all our members. and the alternative in "Special English" has a lot of potential for those of us working with elementary levels...I'll try and learn to subscribe to some of their podcasts now I have my first MP3 ;-)

Gladys Baya


 Nina Liakos

 Free Classic Audio Books Digital Narration for the 1st CenturyDigital Narration for the 21st Century  Whole books are also available on the internet for those who love to read along as they listen, or to download to an iPod or other device. It offers a selection of complete books whose copyrights have expired, including Heidi, Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, Emma, and several volumes of classic short stories.

Don't forget Kevin McCaughey's awesome site, English Teachers Everywhere
By the way, when I posted this link during EVOnline this year, many people wrote posts commenting on how much they liked the site.  I sent some of those comments to Kevin at kevin@kevinmccaughey.com and he was thrilled to know what people thought! We sometimes forget to show our gratitude directly to the people who expend so much energy putting up the great stuff we use in our teaching.  If you like Kevin's site, please drop him an email and let him know!


Silvana Carnicero





ESL Pod Cards   There you can find information listenings about famous cities or famous people with their biographies as well as the transcripts, duration of the listening piece and worksheets to work with them.









Mary Hillis

The Compleat Lexical Tutor  Tom Cobb (Montreal) has a couple of podcast links in his site. Check them at the bottom of the pageHe mentions one with children´s stories read by professional actors, one from Nasa and another one for lyrics (there are zillions of them but I had not heard of this particular one before). His Lextutor page page is simply fantastic once one gets the hang of it.


More than just words. This particular link is a particularly interesting one and its authors mentioned that it was completely free and they wanted as many students to use it as possible as they are collecting research data through it.



Hi Berta!

I'm so glad to hear from you and your recommendation for Tom Cobb's site.  Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture he gave as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Temple University Japan, entitled "Computer-assisted reading: Why and how". 

It was a good opportunity to hear him explain his own website (LexTutor), all of its features, and the continuous development it goes through.  Since some members here work without much access to computer labs, I'd like to point out that almost all of the exercises you can create on his site can be delivered either online or printed out. In particular, there is a page on his site which creates a cloze  exercise based on a video and its transcript.  He has even taken the
time to point us to places to get videos with transcripts too.
Although I haven't used it yet with students, it is definitely on my to-do list. Has anyone tried it?
You can find this particular tool at
Nth-Word-Deletion Cloze Builder   With *Embedded Video* Listening-Cloze.


 Hi Berta,
Thanks a lot for sharing this features on liextutor. I like working with corpora and lex tutor is a good tool for this. I have also used breaking news English with my students. It is a great site. I think posting it to a blog for listening isreally a great idea.
Jose Antonio




Iillya Celena

Storynory Free Audio Stories   It's a wonderful collection of children's stories, called Storynory:


Dear Illya,
Whata great site you have shown us. Storynory is really wonderful. I just loved it.
Thanks a lot. Jose Antonio

 Mônica Veado

 Open Culture offers podcasts in many different languages and at different levels, and I guess it will be useful for those who teach languages other than English too. I tried some recordings in French and they were very interesting.





 I would like to recommend one I have come across This I Believe It not only offers audio but also the script. I hope you like it.





 Here comes a list of some other interesting sites: At Poets.org American poets read their own poetry. At Listen to English  you'll find most varieties of English on different topics. At Watch and Listen  you can watch BBC shows that come with a tapescript and a note on vocabulary.




 Dennis Newson

This is the page:MP3 Downloading and Podcasting where the BBC gives full details of the podcasts it is making available and how to download them or to subscribe to the recordings as podcasts. Most of these recordings are only available for up to a month after the date of broadcasting. The page also gives a brief description of the contents of each series.

For advanced work (and personal enjoyment) I find most of these broadcasts excellent. They are not teaching materials, certainly not language teaching materials - they are about politics and the arts and life around the globe. But as listening material they are hard to better. You can listen to them on your PC or on an MP3 player





  Mary Sousa

For anyone teaching environmental protection and related topics, I would like to recommend this site: Reading, Writing, Listening It is from Abu Dhabi Men's College.  Click on "Level 1" and "Listening" to get downloadable short articles with online/printable exercises, lesson plans and more.  The one about shutting up the Tower of London ravens until the bird flu scare is over really is great. The collection is varied, but there is plenty from the BBC.  

By the way, it is not listening-related, but if you are teaching graph description (written or oral), this site has some great material at Level 1 -- Writing -- Graph description.

A site certainly worth having a look at for more than listening, Mary S.! First suggestion organised according to topic.. :-)  Thanks for contributing to everybody's learning!

Gladys Baya


Carla Arena




Dear all, I've been compiling many resources on the topic as it is part of an online course I'm taking, so feel free to explore them at http://del.icio.us/listen2english




Camila Sousa

Sharing some listening activities:

 Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab  -  Randall's Basic Self-Study Guide 

The English Listening Lounge (Free Guest Area)   

OM audio: Free Online Conversations 

The moviewavs page   

World Poetry Audio Library 

Actors and celebrities - photos, news, videos, interviews, biographies and more

 Instant Filmes

Speak up - (famous voices) 

Phonetics (the sound of American English) 




Ana Maria

 Customizing our listenings is also a wonderful possiblility and this is what Diane Wallis did with this podcast. I believe it´s great for beginner levels. 


I´ve started using Yack pack recently and the possibilities of communication are really fascinating. Yack Pack offers us the possibility to create a closed group in which you can communicate live (through a walkie-talkie) or via e-mail. We could chat online with other Learning with computer members. What do you think? I´m starting a Yack pack group for Learning with Computers. If you would like to join, please answer this e-mail and I´ll send you an invitation.
Hope to hear from you. Ana Maria Menezes. 


Nina Lyulkun


You will be amazed at how easy it is to learn and teach languages if visit this wonderful  websiteWordChamp  has been specifically designed to be a resource for language teachers and students. Try a Sample Vocabulary Drill here.

Practice verbs with the new Verb Basics Drill!   For Teachers WordChamp will help your students learn faster and be more motivated!   For Students WordChamp will change the way they think about learning!  Read foreign websites without a dictionary:  Get pop-up definitions just by pointing at words; Hear words pronounced by native speakers.


It seemed to me this site had so much potential that I immediately created an account and will start exploring in a couple of minutes (I hope!).
I'll try and use it to build a lesson plan for teaching listening, I think...
Thanks for pointing us to this one, Nina!


What a great site, Gladys, thanks for the link! I'll need a lot of  time to explore it properly, but I had a lot of fun comparing similar  words in different languages.
Um abraco,


More English Listening Exercises with Caroline Brown and her wonderful resources. She offers more interesting web sites there also.   Other recommended sites:

English Phrasal Verbs
English Grammar Lessons
English for Presentations
Learn to speak French
Practice your French Grammar








I want to join with the contributions regarding listening. Long ago, I posted a link for this music site that includes worksheets  I don't know if anybody in the group has come accross this other site. Now we have YouTube just for us, teachers.  Look what I found in TeacherTube
Regards,  Nahir

Hi Nahir,
thank you so much for posting the link. I was looking for a video like this one to show some teachers during a workshop - perfect timing! :)  Um abraco, 

Mônica Veado


Hi Nahir,
Yes, Graham's video is excellent, isn't it?  I wonder if anybody can find out the total number of views it has had so far on the different sites?  Any Sherlock Holmes out there?
Moira :-)



Carla Raguseo


These are some of the sites I use for listening comprehension activities:

Lingualnet: Leraning English through Movies
AnglesOnline: Check songs and trailers

I agree - the sites are awesome! The last one is fun for kids to learn grammar and enjoy songs, video is very good with clear sound and perfect English for NNS. Thank you very much for sharing.

Nina Lyulkun


Moira Hunter



I add a fantastic list from Christine Bauer-Ramazani which is so rich, it will keep us all busy for a while ;-)
ESL/EFL Teaching/Learning Resources



Larry Ferlazzo


People might find this section on my website useful for listening activities:


I also have a daily blog where I highlight 'Website of the Day." 

An amazing website wich is really worth to visit and explore around. It will take much of your and your students' time, but it is exactly FABULOUS!!! Thank you, Larry, very much for sharing this resources with us.

Nina Lyulkun



 Dennis in Phoenix


In reviewing the sites given above, I noted that even though Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab is listed,

other sites that Randall Davis has online are not. I think most of them are quite good.


Randall's ESL Blog For ESL/EFL Teachers and Students


This blog contains short entries designed to elicit reactions (comments) from students and/or teachers.
Occasionally, the entries are audio files recorded by Randall. In all cases, comments are text only (as is
normal in blogs).


Daily ESL


This site contains a large number of conversations, all featuring natural conversation with "relaxed"
pronunciation. The audio is Windows Media.




This site has a focus on "relaxed" pronunciation and idioms commonly heard in casual speech. The number
of conversations is, at present, limited, but the support materials are good and more material is planned.
The audio is Real Media.


Train Your Accent


This is another of Randall's sites focusing on "relaxed" pronunciation and casual speech. Specific items
are targeted in each conversation—for example, changing vowels to schwa and reduction of common
words (for example, and to syllabic [ n ]). I like the content here, but I find his phonetic representations
rather clumsy at times. The audio is Windows Media.





Comments (2)

Gladys said

at 7:57 pm on May 18, 2007

Within the link recommended by Maud, I'd like to highlight:
An extensive collection of sites for listening, worth exploring in more depth!

Anonymous said

at 9:54 pm on Jun 17, 2007

Yes, Gladys, you are right. I have found the website worth exploring in more depth! Lots of precious resources. Thanks a lot for the wonderful link.

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