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TP Learn English with Songs from the British Council
This is a nice, fun site. It is worth learning to do their activities. They feature a Song of the Week.
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Randal has a lot of listening quizzes, rated "Easy", "Medium" and "Difficult".
BBC World Service Learning English
There are many parts to BBC World Service Learning English. Some of the listening parts are:
Music. Features include "Retro English", "Music in the News" and "Top of the Pops". Each has a short story or a song to listen to.
Words in the News. Read, listen to and learn the English in this week's stories. Updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, each story is about one minute long. Words in the News also has an archive of past stories.
Sport. The Sport page has some listening features.
TP Voice of America Special English
The website has a wordbook with all the VOA Special English words
and transcripts of feature programs. Each 30 minute broadcast has ten minutes of news, followed by two features about ten minutes each. You can download and keep the audio files.
AIP Science Report Radio
The American Institute of Physics used to produce short (about 2 minutes long) radio programs on a variety of science topics. Their old shows, in RealAudio format and with scripts, are available in an archive. Select a topic by clicking one of the nine links at the top of the page. You can download and save the audio files and scripts.
Sample audio and script.
PETA is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA works for animal rights and tries to educate the public about how animals suffer when they are used as food, for fur, in experiments, and in other ways. They have a page of short videos
and many longer videos.
Short video sample.
Short audio sample.
Favorite Poem Project
videos of people talking about themselves and reading their favorite poems. I like I'm Nobody. High school student Yina Liang tells about herself and reads a poem by Emily Dickenson.
Online Newshour Extra
Visit this site to read news stories. Some of the stories have listening files.
NPR is National Public Radio.
Listen now to:
Hourly News 5 minutes of news, updated every hour.
24 Hour News Non-stop broadcast of all NPR programs.
All Things Considered Short (about 4 minutes) recorded items from All Things Considered.
Morning Edition Short (about 4 minutes) recorded items from Morning Edition.
"Present at the Creation" is a series of stories about American culture. Go to the archives and select a story. First read the summary then listen to the program.
Some stories also have video.
NPR's The Ethicist. Interesting questions in ethics for advanced listeners. Go to the archives and click on a episode date.
BBC Radio has a huge selection of programs.
You can use the BBC Radio Player to listen to many of them. These links will pop up a player so you can listen now to:
Voice of America News
News Now Non-stop broadcast of VOA News.
Dateline 10 minutes of news analysis, updated Monday through Friday.
Latest News 5 minutes of recorded news.
Talk to America One hour recorded USA news magazine, updated daily, Monday through Friday.
This Week 30 minute recorded world news magazine, updated every Friday.
Listen or download a variety of programs here.
C-SPAN is "Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network."
C-SPAN broadcasts events from the US Senate and House of Representatives, and other US government-related programs. C-SPAN schedule.
NASA is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA broadcasts space missions and other science programs on NASA Television (schedule).
The UN has a large archive of videos and many programs.
The following are short programs (about 14 minutes each). Look for the their links on the right side of the United Nations Radio page:
Scope "A magazine about the UN at work",
Perspective "An in-depth analysis of events and issues beyond the headlines",
Women "Women's news and views around the globe".
The latest programs from "Perspective", "Women" and "Scope" can be downloaded from this page.
American Foundation for the Blind.
What Do You Do When You See A Blind Person?
"Through the entertaining experiences of Mark Johnson, a computer programmer who is blind, and Dave Simon, a computer salesman who is not, the viewer learns the simple ways to provide assistance, if it is needed, to someone who is blind or visually impaired."
A Hire Vision: What Employers Want To Know About Hiring Visually Impaired Workers.
"Every seven minutes, someone in America will become blind or visually impaired. Since 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (to which Helen Keller devoted more than 40 years of her life) has been eliminating barriers that prevent people who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential."
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