ESL Listening Practice for Self Study


If you're looking for upper-intermediate to advanced level listening practice the Internet is awash with opportunities. This page will show you how to get organised with the iTunes and then offer suggestions to visit.

ESL listening practise using iTunes
If you're looking for ideas for self-study activities a great place to start is to use podcasts. If this is a technology you have little experience of see our introduction to podcasting for English teachers.

iTunes is a piece of software you can use to to subscribe to a podcasting service allowing you to episodes as soon as they get published - automatically without doing a thing. Take our own Splendid Speaking podcast. Here's an example if you're new to our website:



Subscribing to Splendid Speaking and other podcasts on Apple's iTunes is pretty straightforward and it's also completely free!

1. Download iTunes here (look out for 'iTunes Download now' or something similar):
http://www.apple.com/itunes

2. With iTunes installed they simply subscribe to Splendid Speaking
by going to this address:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=210821315
This will then start iTunes and open up the Splendid Speaking
page in the iTunes directory. Clicking the 'Subscribe' button will download the Splendid Speaking podcast as it becomes available each week.

Your students can then listen to the recording on a PC or, if they use a
compatible MP3 player, on the move wherever and whenever they have
the time!

And if your students subscribe to the Splendid Speaking Newsletter
they'll also be able to follow the recording with their free
transcripts. Here's the Newsletter link to give them:
http://www.splendid-speaking.com/subscribe1.html

Examples of Podcasts

Art
Art a GoGo
http://artagogo.libsyn.com/
Baltic Mill Podcasts
http://www.balticmill.com/podcasts/
Museum of Modern Art
http://moma.org/visit_moma/audio.html#vd

Beauty Therapy
Reiki
http://www.reiki.net.au/copy.asp?id=articles
General Human Anatomy
http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978375

Business
Learn Out Loud Business Podcasts
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Business
BizEd
http://www.bized.co.uk/dataserv/chron/audio.htm
Flying Start
http://www.flyingstartups.com/podcasts/flyingstartups

Computing
Computer weekly
http://www.computerweekly.com/StaticPages/Podcasts.htm
Harvard
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~cscie1/
Ask the Techies
http://ask-the-techies.blogspot.com/
Computing
http://www.computing.co.uk/audio-video/
Learn Out Loud Computing Podcasts
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Technology/Computers

Engineering
Design News
http://www.designnews.com/podcasts/46192/Daily+News+Podcast.html
Engineering News
http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/page.php?rep_id=96
Solidworks
http://blogs.solidworks.com/mediapodcasts/

Essential Skills
NIACE Podcasts
http://www.niace.org.uk/news/podcasts/default.htm
Learn Out Loud Vocabulary Building Podcasts
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Languages/Vocabulary-Building

Marketing and Promotional
Huddersfield University
http://www.hud.ac.uk/international/studentaudio.html
Southampton University News
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/about/podcasts.php
Ulster University
http://www.publicaffairs.ulster.ac.uk/podcasts/

Media/Photography
Tips from the Top Floor
http://www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com/
One-Minute Movie
http://podcasts.rocemabra.com/podcasts/oneminutemovie
Photoview
http://www.nyipodcast.com/home/1.html
Simply DV Video Podcast
http://www.podcast.net/show/55854 or
http://www.podcastingnews.com/details/simplydv.jellycast.com/
podcast/feed/2/view.htm%0d
Photoshop Radio
http://photoshopradio.blogspot.com/
Two-Minute Photoshop
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Sports-and-Hobbies/Other-Hobbies/2-Minute-Photoshop-Tricks-Podcast/7126#podcastlink

Public Service
West Midlands Police
http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/wmprrecruit/wmpr20066618413.asp
St John's Ambulance First Aid
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice.aspx
West Yorkshire Police
http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypuploads/podcasts/rss/index.xml

Pupil/Student Podcasts
St Clare's School of English
http://bardwellroad.podomatic.com/
Downs FM
http://www.downs.kent.sch.uk/downsfm/_aboutdownsfm.htm
Student Tips
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/6355345.stm
Learning to Go
http://www.learning2goblog.org./

Science
Science Podcasts
http://www.abc.net.au/science/programs/podcast.htm
Maths to Go
http://bobprior.libsyn.com/
Is all about Maths
http://www.isallaboutmath.com/
The Naked Scientist
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/

Sports
Get Psyched
http://www.peaksportsnetwork.com/public/department47.cfm
BBC Sportsweek
http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/programmes/sportsweek.shtml
General Human Anatomy
http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978375
The Sun: Bell & Mitchelson's Laughable World of Football
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2006240000-2006230506,00.html
Endurance Radio Audio
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Sports-and-Hobbies/Other-Sports/Endurance-Radio-Audio-Interviews-Podcast/6826#plink
Learn Out Loud Health and Fitness Podcasts
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Self-Development/Health-and-Fitness

Travel
Learn out Loud Travel podcasts
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Travel
My Travel Reviews
http://www.mytravelreviews.co.uk/
BT Podshow
http://www.btpodshow.com/showguide/?key_id=otbt&feed_type=pdn_show#
iToors Podcasts
http://www.itoors.com/iToors/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=49

General Podcast Directories
Podcast Blaster
http://www.podcastblaster.com
Learn Out Loud
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-Directory/Business
BBC Podcasts
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/4977678.stm
Podcast Alley
http://www.podcastalley.com/
Podcast.Net
http://www.podcast.net
Recap's podcasts for educators
http://podcasts.yahoo.com/series?s=04ac80de04831022011072feb1945342
Recap
http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/
UK Podcasts
http://www.ukpodcasts.info/