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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 2,826 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 2,826 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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Song Worksheet: Earth Song (Vocabulary and Speaking)

Song Worksheet: Earth Song (Vocabulary and Speaking)

Braganza, Marìa Emilia
It`s a nice song to make students share their opinions about pollution, crimes, commitment and other topics. It is also interesting to have students make connections between pictures and words ...
5 Views 1,678 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: US Elections 2016

Movie Worksheet: US Elections 2016

Ellen
Worksheet about the US elections in November 2016. Includes speaking, reading, vocabulary, listening based on Trump and Clinton's post Orlando speeches and a writing prompt about global risks.&nbs ...
7 Views 1,241 Pre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using mixed past tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video shows Mr. Bean at the hospital. Learners must combine two senten ...
2 Views 1,315 IntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Peppa Pig 'Fruit Day'

Movie Worksheet: Peppa Pig 'Fruit Day'

For kids who love Peppa Pig to revise fruit names and practise listening skills. Since certain names (e.g. gooseberry, blackberry, blueberry) might be troublesome, it is useful to remind them befo ...
1 Views 746 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Famous People- Van Gogh

Movie Worksheet: Famous People- Van Gogh

Irina
This worksheet is designed for elementary and pre-intermadiate level learners. It can be used for improving listening skills and practising there is/are and prepositions of place. It can help your ...
5 Views 4,626 ElemPre-Int
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Movie Worksheet: Broadway Musical Hamilton + Reading

Movie Worksheet: Broadway Musical Hamilton + Reading

sasha_alexandra
Hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" is getting more popular everyday, so I decided to make a worksheet dedicated to it. I'd say it's suitable for ss older than fourteen. It's perfect for intermediate ...
3 Views 1,609 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Euronews. Moscow on the Move

Movie Worksheet: Euronews. Moscow on the Move

Irina
This worksheet is created to provide a visual perspective to talking about Moscow sights and the means of transport that help the tourists. Students will listen to historians, an ethnographer and ...
4 Views 2,650 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Mermaiding. How to Swim Like a Mermaid

Movie Worksheet: Mermaiding. How to Swim Like a Mermaid

Adele
Mermaiding is trendy! Putting on a fish tail and swimming like a mermaid looks fun. You can talk about it with your students, show them the video (youtube link) and then have your students narra ...
1 Views 1,762 Pre-IntIntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Should Have, Would Have- Discussing Mistakes

Movie Worksheet: Should Have, Would Have- Discussing Mistakes

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using past modals "should have.." and "would have..." to discuss past mistakes. The video describes the top ten stupid mistakes made by people. Learners shou ...
6 Views 2,667 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Past Simple Photo Story

Movie Worksheet: Past Simple Photo Story

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a fun video activity to practise using the past simple tense. Watch the video from the link below. The video tells a story using photographs. Students should watch the video and then try t ...
6 Views 4,392 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Without You by Usher

Song Worksheet: Without You by Usher

eliasvitola
This listening activity has 3 exercises for students to review some modals such as "can" for ability and "will" for future, both positivie and negative stataments, and some common action verbs us ...
1 Views 4,020 Elem
Movie Worksheet:TED- Why Social Media Likes Say More Than You Might Think

Movie Worksheet:TED- Why Social Media Likes Say More Than You Might Think

Chantal Kroese
ESL teachers can use this lesson to practise listening, reading and speaking. Intermediate level. The lesson plan is based on a ten minute TED talk: tthe curly fry conundrum: why social media 'lik ...
3 Views 2,820 Int
Movie Worksheet: The Book Thief

Movie Worksheet: The Book Thief

Abigail Galicia
This worksheet is a review of the movie "The book thief" based on the book with the same title, written by Markus Zusak. It is for pre-intermediate students. It includes  different series wit ...
2 Views 2,214 Pre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Inside Out

Movie Worksheet: Inside Out

This worksheet is created for young learners. Here they must describe what the characters are wearing and color the pictures. After coloring they can describe their appearance and personalities to ...
1 Views 3,155 BegElem
Movie Worksheet: Pele, Birth of a Legend

Movie Worksheet: Pele, Birth of a Legend

I have designed this worksheet based on the movie, Pele: Birth of a Legend. It includes three sections, before watching, while watching, and after watching. It is designed for pre-intermediate lev ...
2 Views 3,102 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Maria
This is a song worksheet by Eurovision song contest winner Lena Meyer. The song can be downloaded at youtube or other websites. It can be used best to practice past simple and entertain students. ...
4 Views 3,939 ElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using the simple present tense when describing daily routines. The video shows the daily routine of a Stormtrooper. While watching the video, learners are as ...
8 Views 4,829 BegElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using various narrative tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video has many clips of accidents, slips, and falls. Learners s ...
6 Views 4,292 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise future predictions. While watching a clip from the hit TV series Family Guy, learners have to make predictions about what they expect to happen next. Learner ...
3 Views 2,900 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Kids Say the Funniest Things (Reported Speech)

Movie Worksheet: Kids Say the Funniest Things (Reported Speech)

English Through Videos
This is a fun video activity to practise using reported speech. Learners listen to cute kids speaking. Then  they change the direct speech into reported speech (indirect speech). It can be do ...
8 Views 3,060 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Humf. Loon's New Handbag

Movie Worksheet: Humf. Loon's New Handbag

This worksheet is made to practise listening skills and revise possessives. Students should watch  the cartoon and fill in the gaps in sentences. There is also one exersise to match and write ...
1 Views 1,545 Elem
Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Miriam Hdz
This song worksheet is a listening practice for there is/ there are and simple vocabulary. Students don't only fill in the gaps but also get a general idea by matching half lines and ordering them ...
2 Views 3,308 Elem
Song Worksheet: Rise by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Rise by Katy Perry

Rachel Martin
The listening exercise includes: fill in the blanks with the words that you hear, cross out extra words, match the sentence halves, put the words in the correct order, and matching words with thei ...
4 Views 6,231 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Movie Worksheet: Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Natalia
In this worksheet students get acquainted with Tom Szaky's life, founder of Terracycle. After that they are shown a video that deals with the environmental issue, after which their comprehension i ...
4 Views 3,193 IntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: Stressed Out by 21 Pilots

Song Worksheet: Stressed Out by 21 Pilots

Romina Rodríguez
Good for reviewing used to, second conditionals and 'I wish. Topics: growing up, teenagers, childhood, responsibility, making money.  It works well with teenagers (13-18) and as a triggering ...
1 Views 4,893 Int

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