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: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
The Slowest Speed
Just a Little Faster Than Regular Speed
The Fastest Speed
Question: Combine points from the reading and the talk to explain the general appeal of Maslow’s theory.
As a humanistic psychologist, Maslow developed the theory that as humans meet basic needs, they seek to satisfy successively higher needs that occupy a set hierarchy. Maslow took this idea that some needs take precedence over others, and created his now famous “hierarchy of needs.” Beyond the details of air, water, food, and sex, he laid out five broader layers—the physiological needs, the needs for safety and security, the needs for love and belonging, the needs for esteem, and the need to actualize the self, in that order. Others, such as Freud and Hull, have developed motivational theories; however, people find Maslow’s theory more appealing. Maslow’s theory is a common sense approach to human behavior. His research shows there is a motivator for each need, and it is these motivators that push one through the hierarchy of needs pyramid. For example, the hierarchy can be applied in the advertising of a product by creating an ad that compels consumers to buy their products. Maslow’s hierarchy can be applied to many professions in business, education, retail sales, advertising, and entertainment.