A great website for listening practice


I hope you are all enjoying the lessons on dreamreader.net. I know many of you use them to help your learners improve their reading skill or to practice for an English examination like the TOEFL. I have written recently about how to use the materials in writing and speaking classes. I have also heard from teachers who are using the audio for listening practice. This is great and I hope to blog about effective ways of doing this in the near future. Today though, I would like to share a website that I think is excellent for helping your learners improve their listening skills.

The site is called elllo.org. It is a site where teachers and learners can access over 2,500 free ESL lessons with either audio or video. Furthermore, like dreamreader, it’s 100% free. There is no sign-up or registration either, so you or your learners can just instantly access any lesson.

One feature I like is the one-minute listening lessons. Each of these feature a video with real English speakers that is approximately one minute long. Below the video is the transcript, and to the left there is a short comprehension quiz. Most of my learners are really busy with classes, homework, and part-time jobs, so I recommend they do these lessons in between classes or when travelling to and from school. It’s a great way for them to listen to English every day.

There are lessons categorised by level too. These range from beginner level all the way up to an advanced level. There is a great variety in topics in these lessons too, so I have had no problems finding something suitable for a class or for a particular learner.

What I like best about elllo.org is that all the lessons use authentic English. Elllo uses native and non-native speakers from hundreds of different countries. This is a refreshing change from the standard scripted American and British English you find in many textbooks. There is a nice balance between male and female speakers, and as I mentioned, loads of different topics to choose from.

If you haven’t tried elllo, I highly recommend it.

As always, let me know what you think. Please feel free to hare your favorites sites for listening practice.