Posted by: laurainguia | January 15, 2010

Authentic listening practice

Hi there!

You know that you’ll probably have an excerpt taken from the news in your Listening exams, don’t you? The news is an example of what we call “authentic” texts, i.e. they haven’t been adapted or modified for students of English.

Then, why not visit this amazing site? It’s called VOA News and you have tons of current news with the audio or video enclosed.

All you have to do is access the website and select a piece of news. Pay attention to the symbols beside the headline: they’ll show you whether the news is on audio or video format. If you have the audio, you can listen to the news and read the transcript at the same time.

Here you are an example about the dangers of Swine Flu being exaggerated:

Finally, you can also access the Going Green section, with videos exploring “new trends and technologies in environmental science”. It will be interesting to check out this site before next class, since we’ll be talking about the Climate Change.

Remember: the more you listen, the more you’ll understand!


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