On this page you will find a mixture of academic listening selections. Some of these selections are from the TOEFL speaking or listening sections, others are readings from scientific blogs or journals. Use this page to help you improve your listening skills for the TOEFL exam, for academic purposes, or to improve your general English listening skills. For listening exercises specific to the IELTS exam click here. For non academic general listening click here.
There are 4 listening levels.
- Level 1- is recorded at a speed slightly slower than a regular speaking voice.
- Level 2- is recorded at the speed of a regular speaking voice
- Level 3- is recorded slightly faster than a regular speaking voice
- Level 4- is recorded at a very fast speed and this level is best for those students who are focusing on improving their listening skills.
Each level comes with a set of questions for you to answer to test your comprehension. To achieve the best results do the following.
- Determine your starting level. Start at level three and adjust from there. If level three is too fast, move down to level 2 or level 1. If you can understand level 3 then continue at that level.
- Write what you hear. The best way to improve your listening skills is through transcription. Listen to the recording and write down what you hear. You can stop the recording as often as you like and you can repeat the recording up to 3 times.
- Check your work. Look at the article to see if you heard the words correctly and to see if you spelled the words correctly. If you consistently hear more than 10 words incorrectly, then you should consider moving down to a lower level.
Practice Listening with TOEFL Speaking Question Type 4: Erik Erikson: Identity Crisis
The Slowest Speed
Just a Little Faster Than Regular Speed
The Fastest Speed
How is the identity crisis reflected in the life stages defined by Erikson?
Today’s discussion will be about the human stages of identity crisis, developed by psychiatrist Erik Erikson. Let’s look at those stages, beginning with infancy. Up to 18 months of age, with the mother’s loving care and contact, an infant will learn to trust. The second stage is from 18 months to 3 years, when the child learns to master skills. Children learn to walk, talk and feed themselves, and become more independent. During the ages of 3 to 5 years old, children experience a desire to copy the adults around them. They also begin to use that wonderful word for exploring the world—”WHY?” During the fourth stage, 6 to 12 years of age, children are capable of learning, creating, and accomplishing many new skills and knowledge. This is the stage when human beings develop confidence and self-esteem. According to Erikson, during the fifth stage is when we establish a philosophy of life. During this time, teenagers begin to struggle with the question, “Who am I?” A teenager is neither a child nor an adult, and life is definitely getting more complex as we attempt to find our own identity. During the stages of adulthood, the issues of crisis are intimacy, raising children, being successful in a career, and finding wisdom from our experiences. From here to late adulthood, development depends primarily upon what we do.