Jamie Griffiths
Professional Teacher
Listening Practice for Upper Intermediate/Advanced Students
Hi everyone,

Below are a few websites for Upper Intermediate/Advanced students to use to practise their listening skills. If other teachers/students have any other recommendations, please share them too.


Jamie (www.italki.com/jamie.teacher)

TED Talks website (<a href="http://www.ted.com/talks" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.ted.com/talks</a>)

Hundreds of interesting talks/lectures.

Click on ‘topics’ and search for something that interests you.

You can also go to <a href="http://www.ted.com/playlists" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.ted.com/playlists</a> to find good lists of talks (‘The most popular talks of all time’ is a good list).

Talks are usually 5-20 minutes.

Click on ‘view interactive transcript’ if you want to read the text while you listen.

You can also view all the TED Talks on their app (Android and Iphone).

esl-bits.net (definitely write ‘esl-bits.net’ NOT ‘www.esl-bits.net)

Intermediate-Advanced level

Listen and read interesting Intermediate/Advanced Listening texts (most are 5-40 minutes)

Listen and read audiobooks, short stories and novels (many classic British/American novels)

Choose ‘Faster Listening Speed’ and ‘Slower Listening Speed’ at the top of each dialogue

<a href="http://www.netflix.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.netflix.com</a>

Excellent website for watching popular movies/TV programmes/documentaries etc.

Almost all programmes have perfect English subtitles

Easy to watch on your smartphone/computer (on the website or their Android/Iphone app).

You have to pay £8.99 a month for their basic package, but this a good price because it is a fun and easy way to improve your listening.

Jun 27, 2020 3:12 PM
Jamie Griffiths
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Japanese, Other, Portuguese, Spanish
Learning Language
French, Japanese, Other, Portuguese, Spanish