General Listening Practice

Here are some useful links to practice your listening skills.

  1. The mp3 files and text on elllo are Creative Commons. Students and teachers are free to download, copy and distribute these materials for educational purposes.
  2. This ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading.
  3. The Learning Resources site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau and CBS 5 - KPIX (CBS Broadcasting) news stories. Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. Each module is designed for ease of use so the learner can use it independently. The instructor can also incorporate any story into class activities and lesson plans.

  1. The classic minimal pairs practice at

Text to Speech

  1. Copy and paste a text, and this site will read it aloud. You can also save the audio as an MP3 as a podcast to listen to on your MP3 player on the way to work.
  2. Vozme - totally free and unlimited way to convert text to MP3. Quality is a bit 'tinny' and mechanical, but it works quite well.  You can also add it as a widget to your blog (as we've done in our blog..see the link under each post) or website, and people can just click to listen to your posts (with the option to download the MP3 for podcasting.)
  3. Natural Reader - you have to download this to your computer, but it can be used for free to 'read' any text out loud, with option to save as MP3.  Fairly high quality voices.
Listening with podcasts and reading
  1. Literature to go - is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
  2. Voice of America Special English is a great resource for reading and listening.
  3. Reading English is a free site that is a mashup with VOA for reading and listening practice.  Users have to register:


  1. Here are some useful links to practice your listening skills.

    Isn't the verb 'practise' spelled with 's' (the noun is with 'c')

    1. Well, it depends on which of the Atlantic you come from. :) The general practice in American English is to use only one spelling of PRACTICE with a 'c' for both noun and verb forms. I believe the rationale is that the pronunciation of the ending is the same in both forms. Unlike advise/advice.

    2. I live in the UK. Could I ask where it is correct to spell 'advise' with 'c'? (a verb) : )

    3. Hi! ADVISE (verb) and ADVICE (noun). This seems to be the same around the world.

  2. Is it America and Canada? (I did not know it before)

  3. Hi!

    See for a GOOGLE ngram contrasting PRACTICE and PRACTISE in American English.

    See for a GOOGLE ngram contrasting PRACTICE and PRACTISE in British English.

    See for a more indepth analysis.