Category Archives: Listening

World Cup English!

Start off with the basics – football vocabulary at the excellent British Council Premier Skills. Make sure you explore the whole site here – lots of fantastic learning resources.       To get the World Cup news every day, … Continue reading

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Learning English videos

Learning English is hard work – but watching a video is often relaxing! When you’ve finished a load of grammar exercises, read the newspaper in English and written your English essay, you probably want to take it easy. Here are … Continue reading

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Present perfect listening practice

Present perfect – every learner’s favourite verb tense – plus listening practice – what could be better? Listen to Fatima take the present perfect challenge with BBC World Service. For follow-up work, there are plenty of links to more exercises … Continue reading

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For teachers of English….

… or curious learners! IATEFL happened last week, and if you weren’t able to go, perhaps you have watched some of the talks online here. If you weren’t there, you can see the twittersphere’s highlights at #harrogatehighlights Or have a … Continue reading

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Hot English – free lessons for you

Hot English is an online magazine produced by a company based in Spain. It’s aimed at young(er) learners who want to improve their general English. Something you might like to do is subscribe to their monthly newsletter. It’s free, and … Continue reading

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Listen to local radio

An easy way to improve your English is to listen to the radio. Intensive listening: to news items or interviews you can rewind and replay until you have understood the whole item. Immersive listening: have the radio on in the … Continue reading

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Do you love Garth Brooks?

If you love country music, you have probably heard of Garth Brooks… “Garth Brooks is the most commercially successful artist in country music history and a man who changed the Nashville sound as much as any who came before or … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

First of all, practise your English here, on the topic of International Women’s Day: listening comprehension reading comprehension Next, improve your reading with some authentic texts: – Find out more about International Women’s Day here. – Why do we need … Continue reading

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Listening practice: podcasts!

A good way to practise your listening is to subscribe to one (or more!) podcasts. Choose a podcast on a topic you are interested in, and listen to it! Listen more than once, collect new words and practise your pronunciation. … Continue reading

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Pancake Day!

Tuesday March 4th is Pancake Day – or Shrove Tuesday. Like any festival celebrated in English speaking countries, it’s a good chance to practise your speaking, listening and reading skills while expanding your vocabulary and learning something new. First of … Continue reading

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