A bit at a time in your own time

Audio webpages with exercises

http://www.elllo.org/ Here you can access over 100 video clips and you can choose whether to show or hide the transcript. We recommend you hide it the first time you listen to the clip and try to do the exercises on the right , check your score and listen again with the text. Try to read it aloud at the same time as you hear it.

http://www.listenaminute.com/ In this webpage, you will find 1 minute audio clips arranged by topic with a variety of exercises

http://dictationsonline.com/ Why not have a go at dictation? here you will find a good graded selection. Listen to the whole passage first, then it is read slowly to allow time for writing, finally, you will be able to listen to the whole thing before you check.

http://www.agendaweb.org/listening/dictations.html In this webpage with dictations, you write in the box the words you hear and when you click CHECK the words will get written in the right place in the text

http://www.esl-lab.com/ A wonderful page with  many excerpts graded by difficulty and topic and some vocabulary tips. They come with pre- listening exercises which we recommend you do to focus well on the listening task, you can check your answers on line and if you feeling industrious you can do the follow up exercises too

http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bllisteningquiz.htm Some nice quizzes with questions and answers

www.ted.com/themes TED is a series of talks given by world experts on a variety of topics. Their success formula I feel lies on their short duration of the talks (apparently our concentration span lasts around 20 minutes) and the amazing speakers that they use that make their topic accessible to the common spectator.So from Nobel and Pulitzer winners to celebrities like Bill Gates or Bill Clinton they bring us their message in clear words and in short. Also the fact that they offer subtitles helps with concentration

Here you will find an excellent selection of news with sound and video and many exercises

Audio pages with transcripts

http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/ A very nice site with loads of news and stories in American English. No exercises but you can download into your MP3 and read the scripts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/ This a great podcast service from the BBC on a good variety of topics. There is only one question, however it comes with some vocabulary explanations and you can download the script to follow the audio.

http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/ Some classic literature in downloadable version

http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video#directory A directory of downloadable videos and books

http://www.roalddahlfans.com/audiobooks.php A great website for fans of Roal Dalh with great audio versions of his works

Singing, speeches and movies

If what you like to do is sing here are some karaoke songs, and some more and a few more

However if you aspire to a career in politics or you like public speaking check these top American speeches

And if you enjoy listening while watching check these videos out, they come with exercises and they are FUN!

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