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Listening Comprehension – Toilet Training the Cat – Stuart McLean Last year, Canada lost a national treasure – Stuart McLean. He began his radio program The Vinyl Cafe in 1994, and to date has recorded more than 400 stories on CBC radio (Canadian Broadcast Company). It got to be so popular that he traveled throughout small town Canada with musical acts and shared his stories about Dave, Morley, Sam and Stephanie on the Vinyl Cafe with that old radio voice that captivated so many. Now, thanks to the wonder of Spotfiy – The Vinyl Cafe, I get to sit in my kitchen every Sunday morning with my coffee and become entranced once more… now it is even more special because sometimes my 8 year old daughter sits with me too. The Vinyl Cafe is perfect for higher level listening comprehension exercises. So here you go – Toilet Training the Cat .

London Short Fiction: Mud Man A series of short fiction set in, or influenced by London. A series of short fiction set in, or influenced by London. Out he comes, dredged from the canal. The narrow-boat girls pat him, tend him, talk to him. —Mate. Clive has a fitful night with dreams of icy water and miring weeds. The next day, his wife leaves early. Clive takes a sip of tea. Clive wakes from a doze and tells himself he’s been dreaming. Clive lies fully dressed on top of the bed and watches TV. His wife chops onions. Clive’s wife arranges for him to see a counsellor. This story was originally a winner at British Academy’s Literature Week. Copyright, Melaina Barnes, image by Ekaterina Nosenko in the Londonist Flickr pool. Fairy tales The Fingernail Fairy: Do you believe in her? For children/by children General London fiction London at Night Christmas in London Summertime London razed Blackout on Fen Street: Seth Insua wishes away the city.The Man From BEER: Which bits of London would you delete? Transport tales Future/History

Businessenglishpod: Telephoning Howtos, intermediate Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on complaining and getting results over the phone. Few people actually like to complain, but sometimes you just have to. There’s an old saying that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” which means that if you don’t complain, you won’t actually get anything resolved. So if you pay for a product or service and you’re not satisfied, it’s usually best to let the company know. We can complain by email, but email isn’t always powerful enough. We need to use our voice to convey our ideas, emotions, and seriousness. In the dialog, we will rejoin Donna and Mike. Listening Questions 1. Lesson Content: Premium Members: Study Notes | Online Practice | PhraseCast | Mobile Quizzes

Insta.Ling - skuteczna nauka słówek Free English Reading comprehension tests and exercises online Reading comprehension is also an important part when you take an English test. Reading comprehension test can help you to improve vocabulary, grammar, and logical thought ability. There are some tips for you to improve reading skills: - Practice reading every day. You should read different fields to improve your vocabulary. - Take note all new words and learn them. - Try to answer all the questions. - After answer all the questions. - Practice reading techniques - scanning, skimming, intensive and extensive reading. + Scanning: You try to find a particular piece of information. + Skimming: You try to gather the most important information as quickly as possible. + Intensive reading: You try to find the details of a specific information. + Extensive reading: You try to find general information of a passage. Elementary Reading Tests

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. So, exams are just around the corner and I know you’re beginning to freak out. These are, in my opinion, the best sites with quizzes to practise listening comprehension. url: five levels ( A1, A2, B1, B2, C1)Pre-listening /Post-listening activities: bothTranscript: yesAudio Download: yesWhat I like best: very user-friendly for both students and teachers.

ESL Radio and TV: videos with quizz - difficult WeVideo WeVideo is a U.S.-headquartered Software as a Service company that provides a collaborative video editing platform.[1] The company was formed in 2011 and is based in Menlo Park, California.[2] History[edit] WeVideo Inc. was founded in April 2011 initially as Creaza, Inc.[3] Creaza, Inc. owns a related company in Norway called Creaza Education that provides a suite of digital tools for the K-12 market, including comic tools, audio editing, mind-mapping, and video editing applications.[4] WeVideo publicly launched its services in September 2011, changing its name from Creaza, Inc. to allay any confusion with Creaza Education and to reflect the social and collaborative nature of the platform.[5][6] Shortly after its 2011 launch, WeVideo was invited by YouTube to become a YouTube Create partner.[7][8] The embedded WeVideo editor is one of a number of solutions offered by YouTube to help users create better video compositions.[9] Reception and Awards[edit] Awards[edit] References[edit]

the ultimate listening game: ask Google assistant – Keep It Simple Activities Here is a listening game that you will fall in love with and, most importantly, your A1- A2 students will too. You may also try this with higher levels with the suggested items below or with more specific searches. You need Google assistant on your computer or a phone and a set of speakers. Arrange your students in groups of three or four and decide on lexical items you would like to review. Let’s say your students have been learning words for jobs. A trick: if you have another tab open on your browser, you can quickly move tabs when Google starts to read out answers, in order for the students not to see those answers on the screen. You may decide to have a different array of questions or narrow this down to one lexical area, and play different rounds with different letters of the alphabet (as in “jobs beginning with t”, “jobs beginning with w”, etc.). So how can this be used for low levels? Can you think of more?

learning English online - Story of language course - very easy Use the story of our language course to develop and improve your English comprehension. The coherent story, which is divided into several chapters, guides you along the way. In addition to the text, each chapter offers pre-, while- and post-reading and/or -listening exercises. Reading and listening to the story, in connection with doing exercises, will be both fun and effective, no matter if you are a beginner of English or an advanced learner! The story centres around the Fernandez family who starts a new life in England. Andreas is a 37 year-old German. When Andreas was in Brazil, he fell in love with Maria. Maria and Pedro have lived with Andreas and his daughter Anna as a family in Germany for three years. A few facts about the Fernandez family: Maria Fernandez 34-years old home country: Brazil mother tongue: Portuguese works as a travel agent personal interests: culture, languages, art qualities: warm, open-minded, caring foreign languages: English, Spanish, German Pedro Fernandez

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Picture dictation Submitted 16 years 6 months ago by admin. This is a low preparation fun activity that works well with large classes, especially with young learners and teens. All your students need is a blank piece of paper and all the teacher needs is a little bit of imagination. Procedure First of all explain to the students that they are going to do a picture dictation, that you are going to describe a picture to them and that all they have to do is simply listen and draw what they hear you describe.You then describe a simple and easy-to-draw picture to them and they draw it. Tips for making the activity work well Variations

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