Free listening practice for IELTS
It’s always great to discover a new source of fantastic listening practice material online. My students have been very enthusiatic about the range of listening practice materials, in video format, available on this site.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design. The listening practice material is not specifically for IELTS students but sometimes IELTS students need to push the boundaries of their listening before they start to improve.
Here are six reasons why the TED talks are good IELTS listening practice material:
- There are hundreds of talks to listen to.
- You can search for talks subject – find something that interests you.
- You can search by length – some talks are only 3 minutes long.
- You can search by rating – eg funny, beautiful, inspiring.
- Some of the talks have subtitles in your language.
- This listening practice material is free to use
Visit the TED talks site right now to listen to some interesting and inspiring practice material.
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IELTS listening practice
Did you fully understand the recording here? Did you work out that the answer is seven? Here’s a transcript of the recording. (more…)
IELTS listening practice
When most of my IELTS exam students think of listening practice, they think specifically of the IELTS listening exam paper and the type of questions that are in it. In fact, some students seem to become so obsessed with only doing IELTS exam listening practice that they forget that their listening skills can be improved by listening to other types of listening material. There are some examples of free listening practice materials here and here. You could also listen to this.
Before we describe the data in a graph, it is a good idea to identify what a graph shows. This can usually be done in one simple sentence.
It is important to identify the different graph elements before you construct this graph description sentence.
Look at the graph. What do you think it is important to include in the graph description sentence? Remember that we are not describing the data content of this graph yet. (more…)
It was great to get such positive feedback for this simple dictation exercise. The students that emailed me what they wrote did really well and they managed to identify language that they could use in their own writing.
Here’s a transcript of the free IELTS listening dictation: (more…)