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Listening can be a challenge even for experienced ESL students. Scoring high on a grammar quiz may be a piece of cake, but it’s not always easy to make out every word a native speaker says - especially when that speaker is talking at normal speed, without pauses between words. Even so, listening is a crucial component of modern ESL teaching, right up there with grammar, speaking, and writing. If you want to teach your class effectively, you need to teach them listening.

The question of how, exactly to approach that, though, isn’t always clear. Some teachers sit at the front of the classroom and speak in slow, measured tones, as the students write out every word they say. Others bring in CDs or play online videos, and ask the students to transcribe as many words as they can catch. Still others encourage their students to speak naturally with each other, and write down what their partners say. Many teachers try to combine all these approaches, so students will get the most varied listening exposure possible.

Whatever your approach - or set of approaches - to listening exercises, BusyTeacher.org has worksheets just for you. Our 2,920 listening worksheets will provide your class with all kinds of opportunities to work with spoken English in all its forms, and gain exposure to a variety of regional accents, speaking speeds, and topics. By the time you’ve gone through a few of these worksheets with your class, you’ll start to see distinct improvement in many of your students’ listening skills.

The exercises offered on our listening worksheets come in a wide range of formats - from exercises in which students transcribe interviews with celebrities, to ones in which they listen to popular songs or even read-aloud poems. Some are targeted at lower-level students, and just ask the listeners to fill in the missing words from a short sample of dialogue. Others are targeted at higher-level students, and encourage them to write or talk about their reactions to the themes and ideas presented in a longer conversation.

No matter which level or style of exercise you use, you can be sure that it’s already been tested and found to work in a classroom like yours. That’s because every worksheet on BusyTeacher.org has been created by ESL teachers just like you, and used in real classrooms all over the world. As a matter of fact, if you’ve created a worksheet that’s worked well in your own classroom, our community would love for you to share it - just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and send it our way!

As you browse down this page, you’ll notice that all the worksheets are visible in a small thumbnail view, so you can get a general idea of what each one looks like before you download it. This time-saving twist lets you glance over all our worksheets, and just grab the ones that interest you the most. Plus, every one of our 2,920 listening worksheets is completely free to download, print, and use in your classroom. So scroll on down, print some out, and give them a whirl in your classroom today!

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The King and the Past Simple

The King and the Past Simple

This is a worksheet that I put together for my adult A1 class but I think it would also work well for an A2 class or any other for some good old music culture, for that matter. It contains a biogr ...
1 Views 2,041 All
Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Anasta Mks
Maui's Song from Disney cartoon "Moana" with fill-in the gaps exercise. Good as a warm-up activity and may be used as pre- or post- reading activity for the text "Maui makes the sun go slower" fr ...
1 Views 1,235 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

Celia Moreno
You can teach first conditionals and vocabulary, it is a nice song! You can hear every word clearly because the singer has a clear pronunciation, which is something important when you are teaching ...
2 Views 959 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Celia
It is a listening quiz, I use it to teach vocabulary and the simple present tense. I like this song because Taylor Swift is a very popular singer, she sings not too fast and students can hear the ...
1 Views 731 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Helen Close
Use  this worksheet with You Tube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc - Weird Al Yankovic's song about bad grammar. At the end of the song, you will find exercises for students ...
1 Views 475 Adv
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Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Listening activity for beginners, this is useful to study was/were and verbs in simple past, by the way the song is great!  Icludes filling gaps and ordering sentences activities as well. Wor ...
1 Views 359 BegPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Everything at Once by Lenka

Song Worksheet: Everything at Once by Lenka

Winnie Chen
This worksheet contains two parts. The first part is about the words of animals, in which students have to match the pictures of animals with the words provided. The second part is for listening p ...
3 Views 2,828 Elem
Song Worksheet: These Boots Were Made for Walking

Song Worksheet: These Boots Were Made for Walking

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a listening song worksheet. Your students will hear how people sound when they speak English through a song. There is a list of the special contractions and uniquely pronounced words at ...
4 Views 3,145 BegElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet:The 100 (Series 01, Episode 01)

Movie Worksheet:The 100 (Series 01, Episode 01)

Gabby
This worksheet serves as a revision of the TV show The 100 (season 1, episode 1 - pilot). Give it to students after watching the episode. There are open questions, multiple choice, true/ false and ...
2 Views 1,819 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Modern Family; Spring Break

Movie Worksheet: Modern Family; Spring Break

Christine Loconti
This worksheet goes with the episode of the popular TV show Modern Family, "Spring Break." I used this to go along with a lesson about Easter holidays and spring break in other countries as a fun ...
1 Views 2,608 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

Basak
This is an elementary to pre-intermediate song worksheet I created, both suitable for adults and kids. It is a nice listening activity where you can give more vocabulary to your students in a fun ...
6 Views 4,063 ElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: About Time

Movie Worksheet: About Time

Movie worksheet for "About Time". 1 character-based question, 8 about the plot and 1 extra personal opinion one. Suitable for all levels, though it aims at general comprehension, avoiding vocabula ...
6 Views 2,671 BegElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Teacher Alex Gotardo
It uses the song "Creep" by the British band Radiohead to work on present simple, present progressive and past simple tenses. This is the uncut version so if your students are sensitive to bad lan ...
2 Views 3,120 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Lucka
This worksheet is based on video 3 - unit 3 New Headway Elementary 4th edition; you can use it to revise your students listening skills. They fill in missing (mostly) verbs into the texts. You wil ...
2 Views 3,672 Elem
Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

English Through Videos
This worksheet is designed to be used with a YouTube video. It helps learners practise the use of past tenses to describe what happened in a short film. Play the video using this link: https://www ...
3 Views 5,693 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Juliana Rost
This is a song worksheet from Ed Sheeran, students hear it all the time on the radio, but they don't pay attention to the lyrics. The worksheet helps them understand and even learn the song. There ...
4 Views 8,835 All
Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Patricia Arlt
Listening to songs is a nice way to improve listening skills and pronunciation plus you can learn about cultural backgrounds. This is a song worksheet based on "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran. Student ...
4 Views 5,203 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet:London Central Episode 1

Movie Worksheet:London Central Episode 1

Anastasia
This is a worksheet for the first episode of the TV series London Central. It contains watching, writing and speaking exercises about the first acquaintance and some simple phrases for meeting new ...
3 Views 3,138 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Fill in the gaps exersise based on a popular song.
2 Views 6,031 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Wonderwall

Song Worksheet: Wonderwall

Luiz Carmo
The goal of this activity is to improve listening skills. All of the words in bold are incorrect and the students have to check them as they listen to them. Furthermore, upper intermediate and adv ...
4 Views 5,577 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: In My Life by The Beatles

Song Worksheet: In My Life by The Beatles

This is a listening exercise for beginners using the Beatles song, which is stillvery popular  in TEFL countries. In the first exercise ss have to order the sentences. In the second exercise ...
1 Views 4,592 BegElem
Movie Worksheet: Wallace & Gromit- A Close Shave (3rd Conditionals Practice)

Movie Worksheet: Wallace & Gromit- A Close Shave (3rd Conditionals Practice)

BusyTeacher Contributor
After watching the movie Wallace & Gromit- A Close Shave, I decided that I can make use of the opposite of the situation happened in the movie and set a worksheet asking students to practice u ...
2 Views 2,926 Int
Song Worksheet: Years and Years by Olly Murs

Song Worksheet: Years and Years by Olly Murs

carmine di mambro
Using the song 'Years and Years' by Olly Murs is a fun way of improving listening and pronunciation . The activity includes gap filling, correcting mistakes , putting senteces in the correct order ...
1 Views 2,115 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Viola Davis' Speech - Oscars 2017

Movie Worksheet: Viola Davis' Speech - Oscars 2017

Virginia O F Silva
This PPT is good for conversation classes, especially to work on unreal conditionals. It contains parts of Viola David's acceptance speech at the Oscars 2017. There are questions that give student ...
3 Views 3,285 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: Golden State

Song Worksheet: Golden State

Kika Acosta
This worksheet is a song performed by Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines in which you will find vocabulary exercises related to body parts, minimal pair exercises, matching and fill in the blanks. Yo ...
2 Views 4,278 Pre-IntIntAdv

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