Teaching tips & advice

British Council Articles on Teaching Listening Skills

Online listening resources for ESL/EFL teachers

General ESL/EFL listening resources

Audio books

    Impressive collection of human-read audio books, from short stories to philosophy.
  • LibriVox
    Exciting if idealistic project to turn every public domain book into a human-read audio book. Browse their current collection, or volunteer to narrate a book.


Music – online players

The sites below have large collections of music you can listen to for free online.




Children/Young learners
Teens and adults

Videos – watching and sharing

Places where you can watch, share and perhaps upload online videos.

Software for ESL/EFL teachers and students


Online video or audio chat

Note: you will need to download (one of) the pieces of software below, and make sure it is installed on your students’ computers as well.

  • Google Talk
  • MSN Messenger
    This only works with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems (not Linux et al).
  • Skype
    Very popular program that works on all the major operating systems.
Chatting in virtual worlds

Note: this will require a fast internet connection from your students’ and your computers.

Recording – podcasts

The sites below allow you to record and share audio and (sometimes) video files online.

Recording – to your computer

Your computer almost certainly comes with an included sound recorder. The programs below are all good, basic and free options. Remember that you’ll need some kind of microphone to use them, though!

Recording – to voice boards

Voice boards are online forums where you can hear messages instead of reading them, so students can record themselves and upload their audio files to a special webpage.

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