Links for Advanced Listening/Speaking Practice

                       Richard Blanco's Inaugural Poem, January 21, 2013 /  Transcript            


Companion Websites for Textbooks

Pathways 2: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking Access the audio files for Pathways 2/Listening & Speaking
Pathways 3: Online Workbook and Audio Files  Access to your online workbook for Pathways 3/Listening & Speaking
NorthStar Audio Links  Type the password F253EFE302 (if necessary) and hit enter. Select NorthStar 4 Listening and Speaking and then click the unit you want to study.
World Pass  Online activities and resources for the text, World Pass, Upper Intermediate.

News Broadcasts and Documentaries from the U.S. and Abroad

Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations On the occasion of her sixteenth birthday, Malala Yousafzai, survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, addresses the United Nations on behalf of young girls everywhere and their right to an education.
The African Americans - Many Rivers to Cross  Episode 1 in stories of the African American people.

Additional Videos for the African American Series

TODAY / We the People  This website focuses on Latino culture and current issues. Listen to interviews with members of the Hispanic community. Some interviews have transcripts.
CNN Student News  Listening to a news report every day will improve your listening comprehension. You can open a Transcript of the report and/or download Discussion Questions for each daily report.

Listening Journal

CNN International News  Listen to News Broadcasts from different areas of the world. Select a region of the world  listed at the top of the page. Scroll to a news report with audio and click the arrow to begin listening. 
Listening Journal Assignment            Listening Journal Worksheet
PBS Student News  Scroll to the video of the day and to the video archive to view PBS News Hour videos.
MSNBC News  Listen to the daily news on MSNBC.
AP World News  For short listening segments, click Video and listen to 1-minute segments of world news.
BBC World News  Features news reports from around the world.
Voice of America  Listen to reports on a variety of topics in clear English spoken slowly.

Listen in on Speech in Many Voices

Lupita Nyong'o  Prior to winning an Oscar for her supporting role in Twelve Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong'o gave this remarkable speech on the essence of beauty. (Scroll down on the page to get the video.)
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World. A speech rubric is also available.
American Rhetoric  These "Top One Hundred Speeches" cover important issues and events of the twentieth century. Transcripts are available.
President Obama speaks on 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech."
Stanford Commencement Address by Steve Jobs  This commencement address was delivered one year after Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer.
The American Handshake  Enjoy this humorous orientation for International Students at Columbia University's Business School.  Watch and listen to PBS Primetime shows. The list of great shows is on the menu bar on the left.
TED (for Technology, Entertainment and Design ~ an event that features speakers who have won prizes to help change the world)- Watch, read, and listen to speakers from all over the world present their ideas on changing the world. (captioning available)
Asian American Voices  Watch four short videos on four different Asian American groups from "Asian American Voices, Shaping Silicon Valley, Strengthening Community, Sharing Hope.
This I Believe  Listen as you read essays on what people believe from Click "more" to get to the full essay and the listening link.
Poetry Foundation  Watch the videos and listen to poets read their poems.
Voice of America  Listen to reports on a variety of topics in clear English spoken slowly.
BBC Learning English   A variety of activities will help you with your English, including audio, video and interactive exercises.
Dictations based on readings Try this very challenging Dictation Activity. Select a story. Click the arrow to play and pause after every phrase. Type the prhase you heard. Click "check" and the words you've typed will be written into the text. There are several stories to work with. You may want to read the story first. The link is at the top of the page.
Movie Sound Clips   The clips come with listening activities.
Videos from the Smithsonian Click on Videos in the upper frame to watch videos on many topics of interest.
Everyday English in Conversation  Select a topic on the left and listen to the dialogue line by line. Then practice it with a partner.
The Moonlit Road  If you like Ghost Stories, this is the site for you. The site is free. (You do not have to make a donation). Scroll to find a story that may interest you.
Wired for Books  Ohio University 's online audio includes interviews with famous 20th century authors and audio (on RealPlayer) of some of the most important classics such as Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol. You will find hours of listening pleasure at this link. Scroll down for the classics.
ESL  Select topics under General Listening Quizzes (Medium & Difficult) and topics under Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes (Medium & Difficult).  Pre-listening, Listening, and post-listening exercises provide hours of  listening practice.  
Medical dialogues Click on one of the topics. Then click See full cartoon. Click the round arrow on the right and wait for the sound file to load. Excellent site and no password needed.
Ten Shaggy Dog Stories  First read "The Story of the Stories" and then read tips for how you can use them to improve your English.  Scroll down to the story links and enjoy 10 Shaggy Dog Stories.
History Channel Select a topic by using the tabs above the video frame.

ESL Station          ESL 310 Series