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Listening skills: FAQs

Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: Reference material Print material

Read this section to find answers to any questions you may have about using listening activities in the lesson plans.

How can these activities help my students?

Most students have trouble when listening to English.  These activities will help your students practice their listening in a structured way. They will be able to focus on developing their listening skills in key areas. As they improve, so will their confidence. Remember, students get better at listening the more they practice!

When do I use these activities?

Whenever you like!  Activities are organized by theme, skill, level and grammar focus.  You can choose an activity related to a topic or grammar point in your course book, or according to the listening skill you want to practice. Make sure the level is appropriate (Elementary, Intermediate, Upper intermediate) and away you go!

How do I use them?

Just read the notes provided for each activity. The Procedure section gives you an easy to follow step-by-step guide of what to do. The post-listening exercises are optional, so you can choose to cover these or not, as you wish.

How do I use the Audio files?

The recordings on this website are in MP3 files. If an MP3 player is not installed on your computer, you can download a player free of charge from http://www.winamp.com/download/ .

You can use the MP3 files while connected to the Web or download and save them. It will be much more practical for you to save the files first and use them when you need them. Just right-click on the hyperlink and then click on "Save Target As" (or the equivalent in the language used on your machine). Save the file in a folder you create for the MP3s from onestopenglish. 

How many different listening skills are covered?

Listening involves a combination of many different skills. For a full list of the skills covered and some details on each one, click here

What about words my students may not know?

There is a vocabulary list of words that students may not know at that level for each activity. Just read through the list and decide if you need to pre-teach any before you begin the main task.

How long do the activities take?

Activities are designed to take between 15 and 45 minutes. Clearly, these timings can vary depending on the class. They are intended as a guide only.

What accents are used?

A variety of native and non-native speaker accents are used, from British English, American English and Australian English to Asian, African and European speakers of the language. However, in all cases the accents should be easy to understand and accessible for the students.

Do the speakers talk too fast?

For each activity the recording speed is marked at the top of the page. Recordings can be Slow, Medium or Fast, depending upon the activity.

Can you give me any tips or suggestions for teaching listening?

Sure! Go to our useful Top tips for listening page, full of listening skills techniques to try with your class.

If I have a good idea for a listening activity, what should I do?

Send it into the lesson share competition.

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