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 6: Internet Marketing
The Slowest Speed
Just a Little Faster Than Regular Speed
The Fastest Speed
Using points and examples from the talk, explain how Internet marketing has affected the advertising industry.
Internet marketing—also called online or e-marketing—utilizes the Internet for low-cost distributions of marketing information and media to a global market. Internet marketing combines the creative and technical aspects of the Internet and relies on methods like search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, and interactive advertising. This style of marketing has had a very large effect on the overall marketing industry, particularly in music, banking, and personal auctions. In the music industry, the use of MP3s and downloading songs and videos (instead of buying CDs) has exploded in recent years. Banks are offering more and more banking opportunities and tasks online, which customers seem to find more convenient than visiting a physical branch. Presently, about 150 million Americans bank online, and this has become the fastest-growing Internet activity. Internet auctions have also become incredibly popular. For example, eBay—an online auction site—has become a cost reference point for buyers and sellers of goods at flea markets and antique malls. Many sellers now run their shops online, instead of at a physical location. Internet marketing has also had a profound effect on the advertising industry itself because of the many newly created means of reaching consumers. In a short amount of time, online advertising has grown into a billion dollar industry. As this trend continues, more and more money from advertising budgets is being shifted from traditional marketing to Internet marketing.