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Listening Here you will find good exercises to improve your listening skills. Socialising 4: Active listening Perhaps the most important skill connected with socialising is to ‘shut up and listen’. In practice, it can be very difficult to resist the temptation to turn every conversation into a conversation about what we consider the most interesting thing in the world, i.e. ourselves. The most skilful active listeners include nurses, social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors, so this lesson focuses especially on the techniques studied and used by these professionals. Topic: Socialising and active listening Level: Intermediate (B2) and above Aims: To raise awareness of the importance of active listening skills, and some situations where they are especially important.To teach some language and techniques for active listening, including effective use of body language.To provide practice and feedback of the situation of actively listening to a friend or colleague talking about a difficult experience. Plan components Lesson plan: download Worksheets: download Copyright - please read

Listen to English and learn English with podcasts in English Listen to English around the World. Click on any of the flags below to hear accents from some of the main English-speaking countries. Hear more English accents. One of the best ways of improving your English is to listen to radio news and discussion in English on your computer. Using the links below you can get instant access to English language radio news programmes wherever you are in the world, without a radio. Perfect for listening practice and improving your listening skills. You might also want to visit our Listening Comprehension Exercises page. Listen to the Bible in MP3 format Listen to film soundclips

Elementary podcasts| LearnEnglish | British Council | Series 01 Episode 01 Section 1 - “Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends Ravi: Hello, and welcome to LearnEnglish elementary podcast number one. My name’s Ravi… Tess: … and I’m Tess. We’re your presenters and we’ve got lots of things for you to listen to today, but before we start, I think we should introduce ourselves. Ravi? Ravi: OK … erm … I’m Ravi. Tess: Or, I tell you what, I’ll introduce you and you can introduce me. Ravi: Well, OK then. Tess: None of your business, Ravi! Ravi: And she loves dancing and riding her mountain bike. Tess: OK. Ravi: Oh yes. Tess: He likes football, and … he’s a great cook. Ravi: Thanks! Gordon: Hello! Ravi and Tess: Hi Gordon Tess: And how are you today? Gordon: Very well thank you Tess. Section 2: I’d like to meet Tess: Good! Zara: Hello. Ravi: Hi Zara. Tess: And what do you do Zara? Zara: I’m a student, I’m in my last year at school, I’m 16. Tess: Right. Zara: I’d like to meet Angelina Jolie. Ravi: Angelina Jolie. Tess: And why did you choose her to talk about today? Tess: OK.

Introduction - KidsOut World Stories is a growing collection of traditional and new stories representing the 21 most commonly spoken languages by children across the UK. These stories can be read, listened to and downloaded in English and their original language. Thanks to the wonderful support of writers, storytellers, translators, broadcasters and actors we are adding new stories, recordings and translations to the collection every week. Benefits Our commitment is to support language skills and encourage cultural awareness whilst also aiming to inspire children to both discuss their responses and get creative. Teachers This website is designed for easy use in the classroom, both in whole class settings and to support guided reading. Families As parents you are your child's most influential teacher.

ESL Yes 1,600 Free ESL Short Stories, Exercises, Audio High-achieving teenagers | LearnEnglish Teens | British Council Presenter: Next on the programme we have an interview with someone who has been writing a book about high-achieving teenagers. Welcome, Louise Hardy.Louise: Hi, it’s lovely to be here.Presenter: Louise, many of these teenagers who have achieved success and fame early on, have done so through using new technology, haven’t they? Through blogging or using YouTube or Twitter?Louise: Absolutely, and the greatest example of this is Justin Bieber. English Teaching Forum Volume 53, Number 4 The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” indicates that a complex idea can be communicated by a single image. We might spend an hour reading an article about the devastating effects an oil spill has on wildlife ecology. But a photograph of an oil-drenched pelican gasping for air evokes in us an instant emotional response. While both the article and the photograph communicate the magnitude of the damage that oil spills can cause, the power of an image allows us to grasp this message within nanoseconds. Indeed, cognitive research has shown that the human brain processes images quicker than it processes words, and images are more likely than text to remain in our long-term memory (Levie and Lentz 1982). What if we slow down this image-viewing process to unpack those thousand words that underlie each picture? However, these digital natives are not intuitively adept at analyzing and critiquing images, skills that can be considered part of visual literacy (Brumberger 2011). Step 1.