Links for practicing auditory English skills, including videos and podcasts with transcripts so you can practice listening and reading along. Some websites have a suggested level assigned to them, so that you can self-pace your learning and choose resources appropriate for your abilities.
A great collection of resources loosely organized by level. Look under the section titled ‘Student Links’. The ‘Story Lessons’ on the front page are also particularly useful.
Varied list of topics with many English practice sites.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages: Downloadable ESL MP3s
A great variety of levels and topics, downloadable ESL mp3 audio files for listening tasks.
Free online content from different academic areas for learners of any persuasion. Great way to learn English via academic content–good for international TAs.
This website contains, well, everything, all in digital format. It has online books, videos, texts, audio files, and all sorts of resources.
College level practice and college application practice in the form of an open-source massive writing curriculum textbook/resource site. Some is geared towards college applications, some ESL material could be used for reading comprehension, writing prompts, or oral discussion.
High interest listening and video materials in the news. You can search through the list for specific academic disciplines and find transcripts and tapes of real academic speech at a U.S. university.
This site contains pronunciation, vocabulary, and culture videos for professional English language development. Warning: contains many ads.
A site that offers daily videocasts of current events with transcripts so you can hear, see and read the discussion.
ESL Listening Lab
A site that offers a number of audio recordings, and quizzes you on the contents. General English, not Academic English. Contains around 160 brief, realistic, and often humorous dialogues (ranging from easy to difficult) on a variety of topics, as well as self scoring quizzes, vocabulary activities, and transcripts.
ESL Listening Lab
Short 30-60 second video clips about dozens of cultural/daily life topics with comprehension quizzes afterwards.
This site contains many video files (commercials, movie clips, news) along with user-submitted transcripts. This allows students to see how written words are produced in fluent speech. Note: You must register to gain access after free trial.
Many short videos that explain various topics in technology, society, and finance in plain English, ranging from “cloud computing” and “Twitter” to “electing a US President” and “CFL lightbulbs”. It’s a good example for ITA’s to see some potentially technical or complex topics explained in really simple way. The transcripts are available, too, (you can find a link in the bottom left of the site for each presentation), so it’s also a convenient resource for students to listen, mark prominence and pauses, and imitate.
Free audio playback tool with short delay to help learners self-monitor. Mac OS download available.
English Listening: Varied Levels
Variety of speakers, levels, and difficulty. Some sources are free, others require a fee.
Many Things: Varied Levels
Many different high interest, short podcast with transcriptions. Includes both short and long narratives shown line by line and spoken slowly. Users can have the program repeat each sentence multiple times. (Site very slow at times of heavy use.)
English Central: Varied Levels
Videos and courses on a variety of topics and levels, addressing a variety of skills; response to oral input of user. Requires free registration for extensive access.
Special Topics, Podcasts, and News:
NOVA: The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
Very interesting interviews with STEM stars–you can listen and read along.
Features short news segments across a variety of topics from business to entertainment, international to US news. One of the best things about Newsy is that each video is posted with a transcript of the news report, giving ESL students the choice of just listening, or listening and reading.
Games involving English language vocabulary, will donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer.
Getty Museum website with lots of interactive games based on museum holdings. One of the games directs the user to find the differences between art pieces that have been slightly altered. Great for partner work.
Songs and Poems:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat http://www.manythings.org/pp/row_your_boat.html
Tongue Twisters: http://www.manythings.org/pp/woodchuck.html
Songs on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6H1a7YUac
Resources by Level:
Voice of America News (Beginning and Intermediate)
Can listen and read along about news and current events in slow and clear English.
Real English (Beginning and Intermediate)
Videos of “real people” recorded in public places in the USA with exercises.
Learning Activities (Intermediate and Advanced)
A collection of audio recordings and stories about many topics for ESL students to practice their listening comprehension skills.
English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLO) (Intermediate and Advanced)
Natural monologues and conversations recorded by English speakers from many countries; transcripts and quizzes available.
This American Life (Advanced)
High interest podcasts with lots of cultural information.
Free Courses (Advanced)
Free courses online taught by verified university professors for self-paced learning.
TED Talks (Advanced)
Fascinating talks on all sorts of topics for change. Can watch with subtitles or read the transcript in English.
YouTube Education (Advanced)
Weeds through the mass of Youtube videos and collects interesting, educational lessons.
NPR News (Advanced)
High interest listening and video materials in the news.
Story Corps (Advanced)
Short, natural, very personal conversations and monologues, many on difficult topics. Organized by theme, good for intermediate or advanced learners.
Writing Commons (Advanced)
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed open text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.