Listening

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Write what you hear. The best way to improve your listening skills is through dictation. 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.
  3. 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.

Happy Listening!

Recording One

Readings from 42 Practical Ways to Improve Yourself by Celestine Chua on lifehack.org

Level One- The Slowest Speed
Level Two- Just Slower than Regular Speed
Level Three- Regular Speaking Voice
Level Four- Just faster than a Regular Speaking Voice
Level Five- The Fastest Speed

Recording Two

Readings from Why Travel Makes You Awesome by Nomadic Matt

Level One- The Slowest Speed
Level Two- Just Slower than Regular Speed
Level Three- Regular Speaking Voice
Level Four- Just faster than a Regular Speaking Voice
Level Five- The Fastest Speed

 

Recording Three

Readings from You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play by Nomadic Matt

Level One- The Slowest Speed
Level Two- Just Slower than Regular Speed
Level Three- Regular Speaking Voice
Level Four- Just faster than a Regular Speaking Voice
Level Five- The Fastest Speed
Recording Four

Readings from 4 Places to Find Inspiration For Your Next Original Idea

Level 1- The Slowest Speed

Level 2- Just Slower Than Regular Speed

Level 3- Regular Speed

Level 4- Just Faster Than Regular Speed

Level 5- The Fastest Speed

 

 

Recording 5

Reading from Louisville to Co-Create a Smart City with Its Citizen Scientist  by ZDnet.com

Level One- The Slowest Speed

Level Two- Regular Speed

Level Three- Just a Little Faster Than Regular Speed

Level Four- The Fastest Speed

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