Thursday, November 20, 2008

Listening Practice: another British Council site

Dear All,

Here's yet another opportunity for you to practise Listening. It's on the British Council's Learn English site, and it is called Elementary Podcasts. If you click the link, "Elementary Podcasts" will open in a new window, so that you can easily refer back to this page.

Expert teachers say that though the podcasts are labelled 'Elementary', they are really at Intermediate level. I agree.

Try this: click on the current podcast, Podcast 07. A new page opens with links to exercises. On the page you'll see various options:

1: Listen to LearnEnglish Elementary podcast 07
There is a link to the bottom of the page where you can choose to listen to the podcast straight away, or you can save the MP3 file to your computer or other device, such as an I-Pod. That way, you can listen to the piece repeatedly.

2: Practise your English with Elementary podcast 07
This section gives you info on how to download a worksheet with questions for you to answer. This is very useful because it helps you to focus your attention on various sections of the podcast.

To get to the exercises, you can either download an entire support pack in Adobe PDF format, or you can open an online exercise by going to: 1. LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE PODCAST, and then look at 'Section 0 - While you listen', then click on the word 'online', which opens the 'Part 1 - While you listen' page.

Now go down to the section labelled: Practice materials: Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

By clicking here, you'll open a multiple choice exercise that you can answer.

If you have any problems or questions, just contact me and I will do my best to help you. By the way, this podcast is quite long at 30 minutes, but since it is divided into topics, you can just concentrate on one part.

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