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Here you will find free esl listening exercises and lesson plans that use video clips and radio as a basis for discussion and learning vocabulary. I use video clips that cover a large range of topics, like photography, commercialism, intelligence, health...and so much more. Sometimes my students get so involved in watching the video clip, that they forget to do the esl listening exercises!
Listening to English being spoken by native speakers is a key part of learning the language. Traditional methods of learning involved a lot of grammar, written work and gap-fill exercises, which led to many being able to read English, but not understand it when it is being spoken.
Listening to native speakers speak the language has many important advantages:
I have also found that my students enjoy video lessons the best.
These esl listening exercises are appropriate for upper intermediate, advanced and proficiency level English. Some of the documentaries are quite long, and it would be impossible to show the whole video clip in one lesson. I have tackled this problem in various ways:
If you are looking for some more lessons, try some of my Business Lessons, many of which are also suitable for general English lessons.
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