On this page you will find a variety of articles to listen to help you improve your listening skills. For listening exercises specific to the IELTS exam click here.
There are 5 listening levels.
Level 1- is recorded at a very slow speed. This is the best level for beginner students to start with.
Level 2- is recorded at a speed slightly slower than a regular speaking voice.
Level 3- is recorded at the speed of a regular speaking voice
Level 4- is recorded slightly faster than a regular speaking voice
Level 5- 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.