• * Radio (audio),  Music and Musicians

    Wild Flowers

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Wild Flowers Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: English language learners present music from their home countries. Stella introduces a song called ‘Wild Flowers’ by Liu Li Jun from China and William introduces ‘Telefaonina Gasikara’ by Tiana from Madagascar. Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Use the Internet to communicate with people Not long ago English learners could only use the Internet to communicate by typing emails or in a chat room. Now it is easy for most learners to use Skype or other VOIP to actually talk to other learners to improve their English. Graded readers An excellent way to learn English!…

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  • * Radio (audio),  In the News

    A Visit to “The Age” Newspaper

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – A Visit to “The Age” Newspaper Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Ning introduces a song called ‘Candlelight Blues’ by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; John introduces ‘Sister’ by A-Mei from Taiwan (pictured left); Roxanne introduces ‘In a Dilemma’ by Ronald. Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Pronunciation Pronunciation means the way we say the words. There is no one correct way of saying English words as the pronunciation of English varies from country to country and even from city to city within a country. But you can still improve your pronunciation by listening to native speakers and copying the…

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  • English listening: Taiwan singer A-Mei
    * Radio (audio),  Music and Musicians

    Candlelight Blues

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Candlelight Blues Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Ning introduces a song called ‘Candlelight Blues’ by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; John introduces ‘Sister’ by A-Mei from Taiwan (pictured left); Roxanne introduces ‘In a Dilemma’ by Ronald.   Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Pronunciation Pronunciation means the way we say the words. There is no one correct way of saying English words as the pronunciation of English varies from country to country and even from city to city within a country. But you can still improve your pronunciation by listening to native speakers and copying the way they say words.…

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  • Academic English
    * Radio (audio),  Academic English

    Academic Listening: E L B P

    English Level: Advanced Listening – English Language Bridging Program Click here for the listening quiz This program highlights a course of study at Monash University that aims to ‘bridge’ the gap between study techniques required by Australian universities and the student’s universities at home.   Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Writing The only way to improve your writing is to write. You can use ESL Radio and TV to improve your writing by writing to us and telling us your thoughts about our site, about particular programs, about how you use the site, about your life, about the world or about anything really. We would love to hear from you.  …

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  • English listening: redback spider
    * Radio (audio),  Nature in Focus

    Redback Spiders in Australia

    Level: Intermediate Listening – Redback Spiders in Australia Click here for the listening quiz In this listening; Cerri tells us all about Redback spiders. Redback spiders are found throughout Australia in the bush and built-up areas.   Transcript On Wednesday, 11 July, 2001, The Brisbane Courier Mail reported news of a man in Alice Springs who was bitten on the bottom more than 20 times by a Redback spider and needed 16 doses of anti-venom to survive. Anti-venom is a drug to treat a poisonous bite. A different anti-venom must be developed for each poison. Darren Meehan, 25yrs, was attacked by the Redback spider while sleeping in his bed in Alice…

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  • * Radio (audio),  Face2Face Interviews

    Dr. Martin Davies

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Dr. Martin Davies Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Martin talks to Stephen about his interest in the guitar. He plays two short pieces, the first is titled ‘Menuett’ by Robert de Visee, the second is titled ‘Lagrima’ by Francisco Tarrega.   Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Graded readers An excellent way to learn English! Graded readers are books that have been written or stories that have been rewritten at an easier level of English. You can get them in different levels. For example, Level 1 in a series might be restricted to 500 headwords, Level 2 to 600 headwords, and Level…

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  • English listening: Idioms - Food for thought
    * Radio (audio),  ESL Playhouse

    Idioms – Food for Thought

    English Level: Advanced Listening – Food for Thought by Juliet Charles English idioms. Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: One day David’s mother invites herself to dinner. Big problem! David can’t cook! Maybe his friend Sam can help – then again maybe not! This hilarious one act play is acted by English teacher, John Bright and two of his students.   Featured image by: Dhyanananda Mohanty Transcript: FOOD FOR THOUGHT A radio play by Juliet Charles  Heni and Norito are flatmates. Sam is a native speaker friend who visits occasionally. There is a radio blaring away in the background.   Heni:  How were your English studies today, Norito?    Norito:  Ok…

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  • model_trains English Listening
    * Radio (audio),  Face2Face Interviews

    Michael Clutterbuck and Model Trains

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Model Trains Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: English teacher, Michael Clutterbuck, is interviewed by students, Binky, Minh Hung and Masa, about his hobby, model trains.   Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Listening for gist “Listening for gist” means listening for general understanding and is the opposite of listening for detail. Often when second language learners listen to an English text they try to understand every word and then they find that they don’t really know what the listening is about. Before you begin to study a listening text it is important to understand the general meaning. Before you begin to answer…

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