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Listening resources for independent English language learners

Useful online resources to help you improve your listening skills

Yabla English Video Immersion - The Authentic Way to Learn English

Yabla provides authentic English listening practice using interactive English language video from all over the English speaking world. Learn English with drama, interviews, documentary, music videos, and more.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language

This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages.

TED: Ideas worth spreading

Short powerful talks from TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. - Learning English Through Football

Weekly podcasts for football fans.

Learning English - 6 Minute English

s6 Minute English. Podcasts from BBC Learning English. Listen to the podcast and answer the question. With grammar help and related BBC links.

Learn English for Free with elllo!

Learn English from a collection of over 2,000 free ESL/EFL listening lessons made for students and teachers

Business & Work

In Business and work you can find materials aimed at helping you reach your professional aspirations by developing your English skills. You can find our series of podcasts and articles on a great range of business and professional topics, all accompanied by language practice activities to help you to improve your workplace English.

Voxopop - a voice based eLearning tool

Voxopop talkgroups are a fun, engaging and easy-to-use way to help students develop their speaking skills. They're a bit like message boards, but use voice rather than text and a have a specialised user interface. No longer confined to a physical classroom, teachers and students of oral skills can interact from home, or even from opposite sides of the planet!

RhinoSpike : Foreign Language Audio on Demand!

RhinoSpike is an online language learning community tool that lets users around the globe connect and exchange foreign language audio files. Get any foreign language text read aloud for you by a native speaker!

Newsy | Multisource Video News

Multisource video news analysis. Practise your English listening skills with short news videos from across the globe. Also available on mobile devices.

Luke's ENGLISH Podcast

Enjoy learning and listening to English, free! Luke's English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 200 episodes, transcripts, videos and a special series on phrasal verbs, there is so much for you to use, and it's all free.


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Listen to some of the greatest poems in the English language.

BBC - iPlayer Radio

Listen to radio programmes in English. BBC radio includes radio programmes on a wide range of topics including news, sport, music, and drama. BBC iPlayer Radio - listen to live BBC Radio or catch up on the last 7 days of BBC programmes from across the UK and World Service.

American Stories in Easy English / American Stories in VOA Special English (ESL/EFL)

American Stories for English Learners – improve your English by reading the texts as you listen to the stories. There are 57 fifteen-minute MP3 files. That is about 14 hours of listening. The Stories Sorted by Author.

Listen and Write - Dictation

Listen and Write - Language Dictation.Improve your listening skills and hear about the news. is free listening practice.

" Tune Into English

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