Friday, September 17, 2010

Listening Practice Websites

Below you will find some great websites that will help you improve your listening skills.

Some Tips:
~ When listening to audio, don’t worry if you don’t understand everything. Listen to it once and then try again. Each time, you will understand more and more.
~ Explore the website. Click on different links to see what else that site has to offer.
~ You can also practice your pronunciation/speaking skills by listening and repeating the vocabulary.

1. Many Things has exercises that test your listening skills with minimal pairs, such as, "lake" and "rake".

2. For listening and comprehension check, go to ESL Lab, LearnEnglishFeelGood, and Ello. Each site has listening quizzes on different topics and all levels.

3. VOA News is a wonderful website that has current American news articles with both text and sound! This is a great because it is filled with academic vocabulary that will help you prepare for listening to lectures in your classes! You can double click on any unknown word in the article to read the definition!

4. Rhinospike allows you to submit any piece of writing for a native speaker to record. If you want to have audio of your writing, you must make an account (It's free). But, you can look at the lists of recordings already made by other users without signing up. Click here to choose a language and see recordings that are available.

5. Livemocha is a great website for learning and practicing English and other languages. This site is really convenient because it allows you to make "language buddies" that will give you advice on how to improve your speaking and writing. You have the opportunity to submit voice recordings to be reviewed, and you can help out other learners by creating critiques in your native language. In addition to this feature, it has several short free language classes to go through, which resemble the format of the Rosetta Stone software. Give it a try! When you participate in the community, you earn "mocha points" that can sometimes be redeemed for more free language classes.

6. Subscribe to LearnOutLoud if you want to use Podcasts to refresh your language skills, enhance your vocabulary, and even learn languages other than English.

7. Visit the English and Culture Tutoring Services blog for listening practice that uses real world examples.

8. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab allows you to listen to every day conversations with adult and children's voices.

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