• English listening: Yellowstone
    * TV (video),  Travel Around the World

    Yellowstone National Park

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Yellowstone National Park Click here for the listening quiz In this listening Stephen gives us some information about the history and features of Yellowstone National Park in the USA. Transcript Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. It is located mostly in the U.S.A. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, and is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years, but apart from visits by mountain…

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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  Science and Technology,  Social Issues

    Bridging the Digital Divide with Free WiFi

    English Level: Intermediate Listening:  Bridging the Digital Divide with WiFi Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: The digital divide can be seen in rich and poor countries but also in rich and poor people within one city. New York City has a plan to give people from poor backgrounds access to the Internet by converting old public phones into free WiFi hotspots.

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  • English listening: Yeosu
    * TV (video),  Travel Around the World

    Yeosu, South Korea

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Yeosu, South Korea Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Students from Yeosu tell us about their city. Famous for being a tourist resort, the global community selected Yeosu as the host city for the 2012 World Expo. Featured image by: Mikhail Kim 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. Memorize some songs or poems…

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  • * TV (video),  Science and Technology

    What is the future of social media?

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – What is the future of social media? Click here for the listening quiz In this listening Are social media programs like Facebook and Twitter causing social isolation, or are they just the next step in the way people interact with each other. This program looks at one answer to that controversial question.

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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  In the News,  Social Issues

    Chronic Diseases an ‘Impending Disaster’ for Some Nations

    English Level: Upper Intermediate Listening:  Chronic diseases Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Voice of America tells us all about the threat of non-communicable diseases in developing countries.

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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  Nature in Focus

    Aral Sea Before and After 2010

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Aral Sea Before and After 2010 Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Simon Reeve’s film about the Aral Sea reminds us about the impact that human activity can have on the environment.

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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  In the News,  Social Issues

    The World Water Crisis

    English Level: Upper Intermediate Listening:  The World Water Crisis Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: This program looks at one the most important issues in the world today: the lack of clean water in developing countries.

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  • English listening: Car Factory Robots
    * TV (video),  Science and Technology

    Car Factory Robots

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Car Factory Robots Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: A report about a factory that makes cars using hundreds of robots. There are even robots that check the work of the other robots! Amazing! Featured image by: GillyBerlin 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. Listen to the native speakers on ESL Radio and…

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  • * 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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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  Business English

    Richard Branson: Advice for Entrepreneurs

    English Level:Intermediate Listening:  Richard Branson: Advice for entrepeneurs Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Richard Branson tells us that a company is a group of people.As a leader of people you have to listen, motivate, praise, look for the best.

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  • English listening: Our Life-giving Sun
    * TV (video),  Nature in Focus

    Our Life-giving Sun

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Our life-giving Sun Click here for the listening quiz In this listening: Stephen’s short film about the Sun highlights its importance for life on Earth and reminds us that nothing is permanent. Even the Earth and the Sun will one day cease to be.   Featured image by: Surge1223 Transcript The Sun is the star at the centre of the Solar System. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 km, over 100 times bigger than the Earth. Although the colour of the Sun is white, it often looks yellow because of the scattering of blue light from the Earth’s atmosphere. The Sun used to be regarded by…

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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: Graphic novel
    * TV (video),  In the News

    Students design graphic novel

    English Level: Intermediate Listening – Students design graphic novel for social change Click here for the listening quiz Students of Stanford University in the USA have produced a graphic novel that tells the story of a man who survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945. The novel was published in October 2010.   Featured image by: Jessica Abel 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…

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  • * TV (video),  Academic English,  In the News

    English in Action: Test Design – an Holistic Approach

    English Level: Advanced Listening – Test Design – an Holistic Approach Click here for the listening quiz In this listening Dr. Andrew Finch, with the help of his linguistics students, shows us how tests and the testing process can be humanistic, educational and even fun!

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  • English listening: Plagiarism
    * TV (video),  Academic English

    Understanding Plagiarism

    English Level: Academic Advanced Listening – Understanding Plagiarism Click here for the listening quiz Staff and students at York St John University talk about what constitutes as plagiarism, how to avoid it and what is expected in regards of good academic writing.   Learning Ideas from ESL Radio and TV Keep a vocabulary diary When you discover a new word that you think might be useful in the future write it in a diary. Write the meaning, write the part of speech,write it in a sentence. If the word you want to remember was on ESL Radio and TV write the name of the program and the time where the word occurs e.g. 2…

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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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