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This long-established ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills. It contains general listening quizzes with topics related to everyday conversations. The quizzes are categorized by different levels: easy, intermediate, and difficult. Each listening quiz includes pre-listening, during-listening and post-listening exercises.
Listening samples of English speakers from around the world with transcripts and interactive quizzes. Most English listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcripts and downloadable MP3. The samples have many examples of different World Englishes.
Has videos of interviews of people on the streets of the U.S. and other countries. Each video clip focuses on a simple question like “What time is it?” or “What is the weather like?", or a grammatical point like past tense or present progressive.
Includes many video clips about news, celebrity interviews, music videos, funny TV commercials, and sports clips, so could be useful in practicing listening in variable contexts. It also provides a community of people around the world with whom to chat about the topic.
This site is updated daily and offers EFL/ESL materials on current affairs. Each lesson comes in easier or harder versions, including online, PDF, and Word versions of news articles, and communication activities, along with spoken word versions (MP3 audio files) that can be downloaded.
The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external radio and television broadcasting service of the U.S. government. VOA broadcasts help people learn American English while they learn about American life, world news and topics like agriculture, health, and education. The scripts of news reports are adapted for non-native English speakers, with a core vocabulary of 1500 words, and short, simple sentences.
The BBC’s site for ESL learners. Uses simplified news stories. There is a section focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, and a Community section with blogs. 6 Minute English provides students some audios about different everyday topics and situations such as living abroad, mobile phones, cost of living, etc. Audios last for 6 minutes, and there is a lot of repetition of vocabulary.
A 10-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. The program can be seen as a streamed video or downloaded as a free podcast. Available teacher materials include transcripts for each show, discussion questions, media literacy questions, maps, and in-depth learning activities and materials to help students understand the news.
Materials for Specific Populations
Building Literacy and Life Skills
Uses real-life stories on topics of interest to adults, with photos and videos, to build reading and life skills. Users can read the story and listen to it. Has a separate section For Adult Educators, with explanations of distance learning.
A television series for adults who want to strengthen their literacy skills. TV411 is available though several outlets, including national broadcasts, video, and online, uses authentic materials or real-life situations to make the learning relevant. The site offers over 100 interactive lessons and activities for developing writing, reading, math, and vocabulary skills.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, CA, that provides resources for creating written and visual narratives. The Web site showcases a number of digital stories created by people around the world.
Vocabulary Tools for English for Academic Purposes
This website has a concordancer, vocabulary profiler, interactive exercises, and other resources for both students and teachers. The site is divided into three sections: Tutorial, Research, and Teachers.
This site helps English language learners expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL), a list of 570 high-frequency words that appear often in academic texts.
Sites with a Range of Student Resources
This is one of the most well-known ESL sites for students and teachers.
Extensive links to items of interest to students and teachers.