ESL Web Directory




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Welcome to's ESL Listening Center. Our aim is simple, to build the most comprehensive set of listening materials on the Internet, and let you use them for free. Take a look at what we've done so far, and please bear in mind this is just a start, we will be making a lot more realistic, conversational scripts and probably redoing current ones as well. Thanks for stopping by, we really appreciate it, and good luck with your English!

123 Listening

English listening tests, listening activities for students, and matching audio files

A Way with Words

This lively hour-long public radio show, broadcast across North American and hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, takes calls from listeners who have questions about all aspects of language: grammar, punctuation, usage, word origins, dialects, foreign languages, regional expressions, and more. Plus, each show features a word puzzle and a language quiz. You can listen via radio, MP3, podcast, or directly on the web site.

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States

Site dedicated to Public Communication of all kinds and includes a Speech Bank, Movie Speeches, Audio Figures of Speech, The Top 100 American Political Speeches of the 20th Century, The Rhetoric of 9-11 and links to Communication Associations and Journals

Arlyn Freed's ESL Listening Resources

Links to listening sites on the internet with reviews.

BBC Radio

The gateway to BBC Radio. Listen online to local, national and worldwide radio stations.

California Language Labs

California Language Labs offers ESL (English as a Second Language) audio and video tapes in more than two dozen languages, U.S. Citizenship preparation videos and video phrasebooks for travelers. Secure online ordering!

CBC Old Time Radio Plays & Audiobooks: Scenario Productions

Old Time Radio Plays from the Golden Age of Radio Drama originally broadcast on CBC Radio

EFL+ESL Audio Listening Exercises

Free EFL / ESL online listening exercises: Fairy Stories dictations

EFL.NET Site to improve your English

A program (ComAudio) and materials to improve your understanding of spoken English. On-line exercises. Practise sayings, proverbs and tenses. Workshops for English teachers.

Elllo- English Language Listening Lab Online

Learn English by listening to English speakers from all over the world. Over 400 listening activities to choose from.

English Accents and Dialects

Listen to the changing voice of England. Extracts from the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank document how the ways we spoke and lived in the 20th century.

English Listening World

Learn vocabulary by listening to stories. Vocabulary in context is much easier to understand and then use. Story is accompanied by a picture (to help visualization) and study hints and techniques.

ESL Listening Quizzes

Listening Quiz Repository at covering a number of areas.


Provides English as a Second Language lessons based on short, lively documentary videos. Themes include: Art, Culture, Community, and Sports. Lessons available Online, and on CD-ROM.


Free ESL listening audios and exercises


eViews is for intermediate to advanced English students looking for listening practice. Typically for someone at the level of the Cambridge first certificate and looking for English listening practice. eViews has been designed for students of English as a Second Language to hear authentic English speakers in 'normal' conversations. Our interviews are recorded at a natural speed, are not scripted and are spoken by 'real' people, not actors.


This site is dedicated to helping ESL/EFL learners develop conversational English skills.

Online pronunciation guides for accent correction with instant native speaker sounds for 10 languages including 7 Englishes.

International Dialects of English Archive -IDEA

It's an archive of MP3 files devoted to the differents accents which are used by both native and non-native speakers.

Learn English by Radio

Learn English by Radio is a series of iPhone apps that improves listening comprehension in ESL and EFL students. Features include variable speed audio; synched, reversible transcripts; embedded links for immediate pronunciation, idiom, vocabulary and grammar clarifications. These apps weave ESL education into classic American radio shows such as Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Our Miss Brooks (comedy) and X Minus 1 (sci-fi).

Learning English through movies


English dictations and intensive listenings to improve your listening ability while learning new idioms, phrasal verbs and grammar. Develop your ability to understand natural, spoken English and a variety of accents.

NPR : News

Listen to the latest news stories here.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Massive ESL language website helps ESL/EFL students improve their English listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages
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