In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s explore ways to practice English listening with online news radio resources!
Listening to or watching the news is a good way to improve your English listening skills
- Choose the audio materials that best suit your English level: beginning, intermediate and advanced
- Choose the news based on your areas of interest: health & lifestyle, science & technology, arts & culture, etc.
- Downloadable MP3 files for all news recordings
- Full-length transcripts and word lists available
- Mainly intermediate-level materials
- News available in online video format, embedded with English subtitles
- Downloadable PDF: word list and transcript
How to effectively use these resources?
Filling in missing words is a common task for IELTS listening. Here’s how to create your own listening fill-in-the-blank quizzes:
- Before listening to the news, always remember to preview the listed difficult words and phrases.
- For VOA Learning English, they are located at the end of the transcript, under Words in This Story. You need to make a conscious effort not to peek at the transcript.
- For BBC Lingohack, they are listed before the transcript, under Need-to-know language…
- Print out the transcript, ask someone else (a family or friend) to block out some difficult words/phrases in the transcript using whiteout or correction tape;
- Find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be distracted by noise, grab a pen, and listen to the new clip. Try your best to fill out the blocked-out words;
- If you weren’t able to get everything the first time, listen to the news clip one more time;
- Go back to the transcript online and compare your answers. How many did you get right?
Alternative way of practicing listening
Dictation! Dictation is writing down a passage that is read aloud. It is a great way of practicing your listening skills, as well as spelling and writing.
- Preview the difficult words and phrases;
- Grab a pen and a piece of paper;
- Listen to the news sentence by sentence. Pause in between, try your best to write down what you’ve heard.
- Compare what you’ve written down with the original transcript.
Are you ready to try these methods? Bookmark these two links:
Word of the Day:
Whiteout: white correction fluid for covering typing or writing mistakes.
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