Home      OSAChome       1.Reference       2.Lang.Activities       3.Tests       4. Media       5.Vlibraries    6.TESOL       7.Elearning & OnlineCourseDesign        8.Lang.testing       9.Open & Distance Learning       10.Webtools


2. LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES: a) LISTENING & SPEAKING


Please note: For many activities you can use Windows media player (free with Windows). You may need to download RealPlayer or an equivalent to receive the sound for some sites - don't worry, the sites will tell you if you need this. Some of the sites need Macromedia Flash (noted in the Details column) which you can either download in advance or from the point of use in the site you have visited.

 

For ReadPlease - free text to speech software, or for Yahoo Messenger, please go to WebTools and scroll down.

Description

Level

Details

Media - TV or English Video for learning English

  • all levels
  • English tv & radio and English video for ESL/ EFL students
  • Listening

    Planning a listening skills lesson - British Council & BBC

    • all levels
    • excellent articles and resources

    Evaluating Speaking - the IELTS speaking test

    Teaching English - British Council & BBC

    • all levels
    • excellent articles and resources

    UEfAP.com

    Speaking in Academic Contexts

    • intermediate
    • advanced

    • Helpful information and activities

    Independent Centre for Language Learning - Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Speaking

    • intermediate
    • advanced

    • Helpful information and activities

    Independent Centre for Language Learning - Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Pronunciation

    • intermediate
    • advanced

    • Helpful information and activities

    Independent Centre for Language Learning - Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Listening

    • intermediate
    • advanced

    • Helpful information and activities

    Business presentations and public speaking in English

    English Club

    • intermediate
    • advanced

    ESL About - Listening

    • beginners
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    Listening activities for beginners to advanced - for teachers as well as for students.

    Randall's Listening Exercises

    • elementary
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent site
    • scroll down for Listening Quizzes for Academic Purposes
    • good interactive exercises including prediction
    • choice of long or short exs
    • pronunciation exercises

    Western Pacific Literacy Network - Story Modules

    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent site
    • read, listen and view video
    • story available in full, abridged, & as outline
    • based on CNN news stories
    • interactive comprehension activities

    BBC Worldservice Learn English

    • elementary
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent site
    • glossed texts & video clips
    • quizzes, questions, chat, discussion
    • uses video clips of pop songs for interactive exercises for lower levels of proficiency (added weekly, archived for 6 months)
    • uses business talks on the radio for MBA students
    • words in the news - text with glossed words + sound/video

    Com Audio Online

    from EFL net

    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent site
    • interesting texts displayed on screen while you listen
    • news, features, poetry, songs
    • texts are glossed
    • works with RealPlayer (you don't need ComAudio) 

    Pronunciation Tips

    BBC Worldservice

    • intermediate
    quote from BBC/ British Council site:

    'These activities are designed for use with the teaching English interactive phonemic chart.

    If your students have access to computers at home, you can download and copy the chart for them to use with their homework.

    ESLRADIO.NET

    • elementary
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent collection of programmes with listening activities from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
    • extremely enjoyable for all levels
    • includes programme on world music introduced by ESL students - extremely enjoyable
    • includes a one-act radio play featuring ESL students sharing a flat in Melbourne
    • includes programme on visit to The Age newspaper and discussion on ethics
    • needs Macromedia Shockwave plugin (downloadable from site at point of use)

    English Listening Lounge

    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • excellent collection of listening passages
    • sorted according to level
    • includes academic English presentations in biochemistry, philosophy, literature etc.
    • some passages include transcripts (from the oral presentation so without normal written punctuation)
    • some passages have questions and answers (not interactive)
    • American English

    Learning Oral English OnIine

    • elementary
    • intermediate
    • online conversation book with 10 lessons
    • notes & non-interactive exercises
    • works with RealPlayer

    Art of Speaking in Public

    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • tips (intended for people who need to speak in public, but may be interesting for ESOL students)
    • transcripts of famous speeches
    • no sound

    1-language.com Online ESL Center

    • all levels

    comprehensive ESL Site,  includes:

    •  forums,

    • realtime chat,

    • jobs,

    • grammar,

    • helplines,

    • multi-lingual content - and much more!

    Language Trade

    • elementary
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • free matching service to bring together learners who are studying each other's language to communicate in realtime using both text and voice with Yahoo Messenger

    .

    2002- 11 English Study Direct  All rights reserved worldwide