Number one for English language teachers

Listening to the news

Type: Reference material

Why not tell your students to listen to the news? It’s a great way to practice authentic listening. They can listen on the radio, on television, or on the internet. Miles Craven presents tips and tricks for using the news in class.

News services

BBC World Service 

www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio

A schedule of BBC World Service radio programmes can be found here: www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio/programmes/schedules#on-now

Tell your students to look out for the video and audio symbols.  Explain they might like to download the app, and then they can listen to the programmes as many times as they like!

There is even a special BBC World Service site for people learning English: www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish

American and Australian news

Students can also try listening to the news in different accents, for example American English on CNN http://edition.cnn.com or CBS www.cbsnews.com .

Australian news radio, ABC (including live news) can be listened to here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio .

Listening tips for listening to the news

  • Make sure you have heard the news in your own language before you listen.  Perhaps make some notes of the main stories, including any names of people or places.
  • Don’t worry about how much you understand.  Listen to or watch the report first a few times ‘just for fun’.
  • Stop and review as many times as necessary.
  • Write a brief summary (one or two sentences) of each story.
  • Set yourself a few questions to answer.  Then listen again for the answers.
  • Make notes of any new vocabulary you think is useful.
  • Why not listen to the news with a friend?  You can help each other by talking about what you each understand.
  • When you feel confident, try listening to the news in English in different accents

Useful links to other ELT listening resources

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