ESL Podcasts (tips on learning English...)
Hey guys, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite websites with podcasts.
http://www.elllo.org/english/About.htm is a an ESL website that features over 1000 audio conversations and interviews with corresponding transcripts. ELLLO stands for English Language Listening Lab Online. You can either listen online or download into an MP3 file. Something new that has been recently added are video interviews with transcripts where you can see the person who is speaking. The topics covered are an interesting wide range of subjects and activities with English speakers from many different countries. There are also interactive quizzes available. It is a very friendly website that updates weekly to add interest to keep it fresh!
- Breaking News English.Com
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/index.html bills itself as a site for “ESL English Lesson Plans for Teaching Current Events“! So while your student is learning English he can also learn what is happening in the news. It is a wonderful source of short audio news stories that have available transcripts and quite involved lessons and quizzes. The news stories are current and there is also an archive going back to 2004. There is a section where you can select which topics you might be interested in learning including, Business English, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Gossip, Technology and World News. Although there is a link for making a donation.
http://www.culips.com/ This is a wonderful website that is a very cleverly designed to make learning fun! This site originates in Montreal, Canada and was created by several young language teachers who are the voices on the podcasts. The podcasts are usually done in a conversational form with two people discussing a topic. The topics tend to be of a light-hearted nature rather than serious subjects. With a very up beat approach they discuss idioms, vocabulary, expressions, slang and grammar. The “Culippers” are also interested in what the audience has to say and they have podcasts that respond to e-mail questions. The length of the podcasts are at least 5 minutes or more, however, they are so interesting that the time goes by quickly. Downloading to an MP3 file is easy and the transcripts with quizzes and lots of extra material come up on a PDF file with no problem. You do have to register to get the transcripts, but minimal information is called for during registration. There is a link to make a donation, however this is a wonderful website.
- VOA News.Com - Special English
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm This is a Voice of America website designed to communicate by radio in clear and simple English with people whose native language is not English. There are many current short radio stories on this site that can be downloaded into an MP3 file with printer friendly transcripts. The stories are read slowly with short sentences and limited vocabulary. There is an easily accessible archive with a vast wealth of stories going back to 2001. Also, their little search window is easy to use and a fast way to access various topics you may want to learn.
- The English Desk.Com
http://englishdesk.blogspot.com/ is a website originating in Canada that offers podcasts with transcripts that have a wide variety of themes. The voices on the podcasts read their scripts at a very steady understandable pace using simple yet interesting vocabulary. There are over 50 stories available and they seem to add to them on a weekly basis. The listening time for each story is between 2-4 minutes. The podcasts can easily be listened to online with their transcripts readily available. However if you wish to download the stories, use this link http://theenglishdesk.podbean.com/ to get to the page where you can download to your MP3 player for listening practice.
- ESL Pod
The English as a Second Language Podcast (http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html) has a vast library of episodes (more than 1000 and still going strong). The host for the ESL podcast is Dr. Jeff McQuillan and the other voice you will often hear belongs to Dr. Lucy Tse. Both have PhDs in applied linguistics. The core of each podcast is an acted out dialogue between two characters. The rest of the episode then concentrates on key words and their uses and meanings. The English is spoken at about half normal speed and is therefore, quite easy to follow. Each podcast is accompanied by a learning guide.
- Luke’s English Podcast
Luke (http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/) is a qualified English language teacher and stand-up comedian who provides an engaging and entertaining podcast series. His intention is to “make you laugh while you learn” and he provides a rich mix of subject material. A quick look at the titles of some of the podcasts reveals such instalments as “Doctor Who Episode – Language Analysis”, “The Prawn Story” and “English Premier League Football”.
For many of the podcasts Luke is the sole narrator, although real-life conversations also feature. He has a warm, engaging voice that draws in the listener. What’s more his stories are so well structured that you are eager to hear the next sentence. The English is spoken at normal speed and transcripts are available.
If you have any other good website, please share with us ;)
That's what i'm talking about, two thumbs up for you!
And the last but not least, Inglesonline.com, if you ask me, the best podcasts for Brazilian learners on the internet, bar none!
Btw, I just can't get enough podcasts from Culips.com! ...you have no idea how addicted to podcasts i am! I'm of the opinion that language is auditory! Our brains are designed to naturally learn languages the way we did with our first language; by listening! The main misconception is that reading with your eyes, writing and speaking is enough. But listening is not just as important as reading, listening is even more important!
I got rid of subtitles a while ago, i was watching Garfield the Show on Netflix with subs in eng, when i realize that i could understand the dialogs without subs. The best feeling ever haha. TV shows are the best options for English learners start watching, 'cause they're easy to get hooked on and many of us watch them anyway on a daily basis! Btw, here's an episode from Garfield the Show ...! http://goo.gl/J8mMPo
For those of you who dont know, Podcasts are similar to radio shows, except they aren't played live. You download each episode in MP3 and you can listen to them "on the go"...on your way to work / college / school and so on. That's the beauty of Podcasts, 'cause they alllow you to take advantage of convenient moments in your day to learn English. The're times when you're not focusing on anything, like riding the bus to work, but you could be listening to something.
Don't mention it! haha And thanks for your tip! I'm gonna have a look.
I didn't (So hallelujah for us)... haha Your sense of humor is incredible, my Lord!
Oh, trust me, you will get there in no time...but only to regret it and begin to wish for more! ....If only there were more lvls it'd be great!
I Think so. I'll get there at any time. We should gain a bônus unit . What do You think about?
I recommend http://deepenglish.com/blog/ you have a free section in wich you cand download the audio (slow, normal and fast) and also you can read along.
Another excelent resource is umano: https://umano.me/me/recommended for more advanced users, because they read real content and you can click on the article's name to see the original text