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English listening exercises and tests with selected talks

English listening exercises and tests with selected talks
English Levels (Based on the CEFR) A2: Basic - Elementary B1: Intermediate B2: Upper Intermediate C1: Advanced A1-Beginner and C2-Proficiency levels not available. Difficulty: 2.59 Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison Difficulty: 2.82 Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Difficulty: 2.98 Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow! Difficulty: 3.08 David Hoffman: What happens when you lose everything Difficulty: 3.28 Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box Difficulty: 3.31 Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news) Difficulty: 85 Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools Difficulty: 3.33 Harish Manwani: Profit’s not always the point Difficulty: 3.34 Marc Pachter: The art of the interview Difficulty: 3.39 Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness" Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: 4 lessons I learned from taking a stand against drugs and gun violence Difficulty: 3.44 Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame Difficulty: 3.54 Difficulty: 3.55 C.K.

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Amazon claims first successful Prime Air drone delivery Amazon says it has successfully trialled its Prime Air drone delivery service in Cambridge, UK, by delivering a TV streaming stick and bag of popcorn directly to the garden of a nearby customer. The breakthrough suggests that autonomous aerial delivery could become a viable business sooner than thought, albeit only for customers with huge gardens, who live close to the delivery depot, and want items weighing less than 2.6kg. Additionally, while deliveries will be available seven days a week, the drones can only fly in daylight hours and clement weather. Currently, the trial is only open to two customers, but Amazon says it hopes to expand that to dozens in the coming months. For those customers, Prime Air is available for no extra cost. The company says the delivery, which took place last week, involved fully autonomous flight, with no human pilot involved in the process.

TED talks for autonomous listening: ten activities The first week of the Electronic Village Online is in full swing! I’m co-moderating the session on teaching listening, and this week, under the guidance of Lizzie Pinard, we’ve started out with the topic of encouraging learner autonomy. One great thing about online sessions like this one is that there are a lot of participants who share a wealth of tips about the activities and resources they use. From what I’ve read in our discussion threads, it seems that a lot of teachers encourage their learners to watch TED talks out of class, and the participants have suggested a variety of ideas for activities based on the talks. What also often happens, however, is that the teacher recommends this resource but the learners don’t start using it – and the teacher kind of knows that they don’t, but they don’t even ask because that would be admitting failure (oh haven’t I been there a lot of times?)

10 Best Free Listening Websites with Quizzes to Practise for Listening Exams So what do you do to practise listening for exams? Growing up, I never had the opportunity to do any extra practice to improve my listening skills. We didn’t have the Internet and the thousand possibilities it offers to learners of any language nowadays. The teachers had an old tape player that sometimes stopped and started on its own and old tapes that ended up sounding distorted and most of the times unlistenable so if you wanted to get better at listening, you just listened to the radio and struggled to understand the lyrics and sing along. Not that I ever complained. That was the perfect excuse to listen to music while claiming to be working hard.

Fun stuff from all around the web Fun stuff from all around the web: videos, adds, activities, games and just anything crazy or bizarre to put a smile on your face. All in English, of course! What would you do with an extra day? Robert Louis Stevenson - The Body Snatcher (audio) Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, into a family of serious Christians and famous engineers. His grandfather built lighthouses and this became a family tradition. Although Stevenson went to university to study engineering, when this was unsuccessful, he changed to law. However, he decided early in life to become a writer.

Can you solve the river crossing riddle? - Lisa Winer This problem is more famously known as The Missionaries and Cannibals Problem or the Three Wives and Their Jealous Husbands Problem and is a classic river crossing puzzle commonly attributed to Alcuin. Alcuin (735 – 908 CE) was a famous English scholar who was an adviser to the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Charlemagne loved puzzles and it is believed he hired Alcuin to create them purely for his enjoyment. Alcuin collected puzzles in a book called Propositions ad acuendos iuvenes, or “Problems to sharpen the young.”

The 10 Best Places to Find ELT Listening Materials – Teach them English If, like me, you find that one of the most commonly heard requests from your learners is to provide them with additional listening materials to study with outside of class, this post is definitely for you. I’ve trawled the internet and the result of my extensive labors is the list of ten great resources you see below… enjoy! 1) Link Eng Park This site doesn’t actually produce any of its own materials, but it’s as close as an encyclopedia of all ESL online listening materials as you’re ever likely to find. If you can’t find something here for your teaching context, you almost might as well stop searching! Reasons why I use this site happy There are no items for this category happy adj. enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage" happy, pleased adj. experiencing or expressing pleasure or joy; made happy: "glad that they succeeded"

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 15 Excellent YouTube Channels for Language Teachers and ESL Learners January 13, 2017 YouTube hosts a treasure trove of excellent educational content that speaks to the learning needs of a wide variety of audiences. Some of this content is created by dedicated teachers and educators who took it upon themselves to promote learning beyond the traditional walls of their classrooms. For instance, in the area of English language learning, there are numerous language teachers (including EFL and ESL) who have set their own YouTube channels and provide video lessons covering almost everything related to language learning. Today's post highlights some of these channels. The purpose is to provide language teachers with relevant video resources that they can use in their instruction in class. Check out the list below and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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The 10 Best Places to Find ELT Listening Materials If, like me, you find that one of the most commonly heard requests from your learners is to provide them with additional listening materials to study with outside of class, this post is definitely for you. I’ve trawled the internet and the result of my extensive labors is the list of ten great resources you see below… enjoy! 1) Link Eng Park This site doesn’t actually produce any of its own materials, but it’s as close as an encyclopedia of all ESL online listening materials as you’re ever likely to find.

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