Friday, September 30, 2005

Listening Practice

Listening is a problem for many students - because they do not get enough practice. Here is a list of Internet sites that may help you become a better listener.

I have not had time to try them out, but I will soon. Meanwhile here is a preliminary list. I thank my colleague Simon Sergeant, a teacher at the British Council Singapore, for sending me these links:


For some listenings, you'll need Windows Media Player; for others, you will need Real Audio. If you bought your computer within the last four years, you are likely to have these programs already installed.

http://esl.about.com/od/intermediatelistenin1/
Intermediate listening exercises in situations. Follow the instructions and see how well you do.

http://www.bookpop.com/popbooks/samflashpop/samflashbook.html
Children's stories. Some with texts. American English.

http://www.eflclub.com/
Click on 'Songs'

http://www.englishezee.com/podcast/
Listen and answer the quiz questions. American English

http://www.englishskills.com/Sample_eng.htm
Business English exercises.


http://www.everydayenglish.com/navleft.htm
Elementary listening exercises.

http://www.fonetiks.org/dictations/
We don't normally give dictations in class. But try these Internet dictations and check your score.

http://www.splendid-learning.co.uk/podcast/
Advanced listening practice. Intended for students preparing for Certificate in Advanced English. But try it anyway! See how much you understand.

http://esl.about.com/od/englishlistening/
A complete list of listening exercises from the 'About.com' site.

More Listenings soon! Please try them out and post your comment. This is very important: by posting a comment you help other students decide what listening sites to use.

Mike

Friday, September 23, 2005

It's Autumn Once Again

... and we are now back in the classroom.

This is a message for everyone but especially my September Level 3A class. I am giving you some advice on Listening.

Your first stop should be at the BBC's Learning English site. Read and listen to 'Words In The News - on the left-hand side of the page under 'News English'.

Then you might like to try the 'Flatmates' story. Look for The Flatmates on the right-hand side of the window. Meet the flatmates, read some old episodes, then read and listen to the latest episode.

When you have finished, decide how the story is to continue by voting, under the 'You decide' heading. Next week, see if your vote influences the way the story goes!

That's all I have time for now. More advice on Using Internet for Listening next week.

Just one thing: write your comment after trying the listening. Remember, this Blog is interactive, and your comments are very important. You can also use Comments to communicate with other students.

Note that when you post a comment, you will have to pass a word verification procedure. This means that a screen will show, with a word in a special colour. You must type the word that you see, and then confirm it by clicking OK.

Why? This procedure ensures that only a human being posts a comment, and not a spammer program. Spam, or junk e-mail, is now becoming a problem on Blogs as well as on e-mail systems.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please do leave your comment!
Ciao4now - and good luck!