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Listening Resources

These are some materials available in Japan in magazine form that have a lot of listening material (not all EL...)

Hearing marathon www.alc.co.jp/ej and The Voice of EJ (part of English Journal)
CNN English Express.
English Zone  www.englishzone.jp
I read that Mary Underwood produced some reading/listening tapes in the 1980s - stories for EFL. Does anyone know about these?

Online listening links

Here is a link to some online listening texts.



 http://www.esl-lab.com/ is an amazing site with so much listening stuff. Mostly intensive listening materials though for higher intermediates.

 ESLPod has a collection of downloadable files for your iPod, some are video, too.



Appropriate for Extensive Listening


Spotlight Radio:  http://www.spotlightradio.net

Voice of America - Special English:  http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm

Connect with English: http://www.learner.org/resources/series71.html

BBC World Service - Learning English:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

L.E.A.R.N. - Language Education and Research Network:  http://learnintl.com

ELLLO – English Language Listening Lab Online  http://www.Elllo.org


Appropriate for Extensive Listening (advanced level only)

Takako’s Great Adventure:  http://international.ouc.bc.ca/takako/index.html

Euronews: http://www.euronews.net

National Public Radio:  http://www.npr.org/

The America Project:  http://www.theamericaproject.org/


Other Useful Listening Sites

ESL Cyber Listening Lab:  http://www.esl-lab.com/

ESL About:  http://esl.about.com/   or   http://esl.about.com/cs/listening/index.htm

English Listening Lounge: http://www.englishlistening.com/

Adele's ESL Corner:  http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~adelegc/index.html

Tower of English: http://towerofenglish.com/listening.html

Here are some online student resources and Ken Schmitt's listening  page has many places to visit


http://www.eslpod. com/website/

http://etc.usf. edu/lit2go/

http://www.englishp od.com/


http://www.justvoca bulary.libsyn. com/ (Advanced)

http://www.theboban drobshow. com/

BBC World Service - Learning English

English Listening Lounge (a member site which has a free area)

Course materials by an ESL instructor (resources at the bottom of the page are more general)


Collection of ESL resources

Pronunciation practice site


This is the BBC homepage for hundreds of recordings of various dialects and accents from around the world.

Also, readers/listeners should check out the growing number of adapted short stories by American authors available at www.voanews.com/specialenglish

VOA Special English address  - www.voanews.com/specialenglish  and their Special English American short story collection.  http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/amer-stories-page.cfm

L.E.A.R.N http://learnintl.com/modules/em3/

Recorded Books have many books that are recorded 40% slower without altering the pitch of the text. This is very useful for the practicing of the listening skill.


News broadcasts

Voice of America (this biased news source uses 'special English')


National Public Radio

CNN Student News (you need to 'sign up' to use this)




iPods, PodCasts

Download iTunes and through the iTunes Store go to podcasts, power search and put esl into the description and you'll find lots.

ESLPod has some downloadable files for those with iPods



Thanks to Warren Ediger, Paul Goldberg, David Moran for some of these links.