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Lesson Plans for English Listening Comprehension for ESL

Free English listening comprehension lesson plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced level of English learning in ESL EFL classes as well as business English classes.

YouTube in the Classroom!
YouTube offers authentic examples of everyday English used by everyday people. These videos are perfect for use in the ESL classroom.

Aquiring Listening Skills
Acquiring listening skills is frustrating. This is because successful listening skills are acquired over time and with lots of practice. It's frustrating for students because there are no rules as in grammar teaching. Here is a discussion of the problem and some suggestions to improving listening skills.

English Learning Podcasts
Overview of podcasting for English teachers and learners including an introduction to podcasting and recommended sites with English learning podcasts.

English: Stress - Timed Language I
Pre-intermediate to upper intermediate level lesson focusing on improving pronunciation by awareness raising and practice of stress-timing in spoken English.

English: Stress - Timed Language II
Awareness raising followed by practical application exercises including: function or content word recognition exercise, sentence stress analysis for spoken practice.

English: Stress - Timed Language III
Comparison of unnaturally and naturally spoken English by looking at the tendency of some students to pronounce every word correctly. Listening and Oral repetition exercise developing student ears' sensitivity to the rhythmic quality of English.

English: Stress - Timed Language
Pre-intermediate to upper intermediate level lesson focusing on improving pronunciation by awareness raising and practice of stress-timing in spoken English.

Making Conclusions Based on What you Hear
Upper level listening tasks often depend on the student's ability to make assumptions and conclusions based on a listening comprehension selection. This lesson focuses solely on some of the most common forms of this task, it includes example exercises with RealAudio streaming audio.

Pronunciation Lesson: Minimal Pairs
Practicing minimal pairs can help students localize the often minute differences in pronunciation between one word and another. Try this lesson to help raise students' awareness to these "minimal" differences.

Pronunciation Lesson: More Minimal Pairs
This minimal pairs lesson focuses on four lists of some the more difficult changes in vowel sounds. This exercise is followed up by some listening comprehension and pair work.

TV Episode Lesson Plan
Bring students up to a level of listening comprehension which helps them feel confident with coping with full, normal-speed listening texts, conversation for ESL English classes.

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