Listening Resources

    • Your greatest ‘resource’ may be your own resourcefulness
    • Carefully:
      • Analyse your surroundings – at home, at school, at work, in your area, on social media.
      • Research suggestions, such as those offered by Jack Askew (below) – or do a Google search for suggestions.
      • Choose resources which suit your interests, your schedule and your budget.
      • Schedule frequent, short practices times – and stick to them.

Why does Listening matter?
Well-developed Listening Skills can help your academic studies and your entire professional career.
Learning to listen well can help in all (personal & professional) relationships.
Benefits of building your listening skills include:
  • Greater ability to communicate
  • Faster learning of new skills
  • Faster learing of languages
  • Lower levels of frustration, anxiety, and depression
  • Improved relationship skills: empathy, teamwork, adaptability
Give yourself, your family, your colleagues and your community a give that can last a lifetime: learn to listen well.

Generally Good English Listening Resources

MindTools: MindTools is a great resource. Here are just two examples of excellent quality activities to explore. Learn English (British Council): The British Council offers extensive, excellent materials. Here’s a start on their Listening resources. TED Talks: www.ted.com ESLVideo: Free quizzes, lessons and online conversation classes for English language learners. Fluentu – English: Learn English with real-world videos through FluentU!
Fluentu! is a commercial site, but you can try it free for 14 days. The International Listening Association: The International Listening Association is committed to advance the practice, teaching and research of listening throughout the world. Deep Listening: Oscar Trimboli
  • Take the ‘Deep Listening’ Quiz: https://www.oscartrimboli.com/listening-quiz/
  • The Deep Listening Quiz will help you identify your Listening Villains, and provide you with a personalised 3 Step Action Plan to improve your listening capability.”

Listening and Note-taking

Note Taking Methods – Learning Hub
The Learning Hub (New Zealand) provides excellent resources on Note-Taking – for studies and for business. How To Take Study Notes: 5 Effective Note Taking Methods Oxford Learning (a UK company) Note Taking in Class: Law Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hawaii University’s Law Library provides detailed guidance on various means of note-taking Note-taking: A Research Roundup
Jennifer Gonzales – Cult of Pedagogy – takes an educator’s look at note-taking in teaching contacts.

Services I Can Confidently Recommend

To Fluency: Jack Askew – Fluency Coach [British accent] MMMEnglish: Emma – English Confidence Coach [British accent] Go Natural English: Gabby Wallace [USA accent] Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab