Find below a list of my seven favorite free listening websites.
|1||VOA Learning English||Variety of recent English news topics for learners (from around pre-intermediate level). Recommend listening/watching the news stories before reading the texts. The English in a Minute idiom videos are also fun.|
|2||English in Levels||Have only recently discovered this site but looks really useful. Recent news stories in English at three levels for different learner abilities. Read the introductions before watching the short videos.|
|3||ER Central: Listening Library||A wide range of listening material graded at a wide range of levels. Both fiction and non-fiction content. A good place to start for beginner/low level learners. Sound quality varies.|
|4||Ted Talks Every English Student Should Watch||Advice on using Ted videos at home for English study including 10 suitable talks to use (various topics). Subtitles and transcripts also available.|
|5||Academic Earth||Higher level listening where students can listen to various lectures by professors at different universities in English speaking countries such as MIT and UCLA. There is a course description, and students can choose the videos by professors, universities or subject areas.|
|6||TED Talks||Informative talks on a very wide range of contemporary topics. For upper-intermediate to advanced-level learners. Click video bottom-right button to get transcripts in real-time.
For teachers: here’s a really useful site that allows you to create lessons around your selected TED talk:TED Education
|7||CNN Student News||CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for (English-speaking country) middle and high school students.|