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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 2,585 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 2,585 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: Didn't Know You by Karmin

Song Worksheet: Didn't Know You by Karmin

This is an activity for Karmin's brand new song called "Didn't know you". It's an intermediate-leveled activity and a pretty nice song. Download on iTunes / Google Play: http://smarturl. ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: I Can Only Imagine by C. Brown and D. Guetta

Song Worksheet: I Can Only Imagine by C. Brown and D. Guetta

This a song worksheet for the popular song: I can only imagine. It includes activities such as filling in the gaps and correcting grammar mistakes. It's good for pair work, where they can discuss ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Diamonds by Rihanna

Song Worksheet: Diamonds by Rihanna

This is a worksheet that students will love, as this song is very popular among teenagers. It's not very long, but you can adapt it to your class situation and more activities. Students will be ab ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Up Town Funk

Song Worksheet: Up Town Funk

Rosa Not
This is a song worksheet which I used it with my 4ESO students as fun with idioms and cultural references activity. It aims at improving their listening skills as well as vocabulary, particularly ...
3 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Movie Worksheet: The Little Prince

Movie Worksheet: The Little Prince

This is a worksheet based on The Little Prince, Bedtime Story. It is designed for elementary level and it contains an after watching activity in which the students are asked to put the story in or ...
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: The Cave by Mumford and Sons

Song Worksheet: The Cave by Mumford and Sons

Hanadi
Mumford and Sons have great songs which convey great meaning. I made this song worksheet for my SAT students to get them to read between the lines and think critically. It's also a fun way of lear ...
1 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: Gifted Hands

Movie Worksheet: Gifted Hands

M. Soledad Rodriguez
Gifted hands film worksheet- a film with Ben Carson and some thought provoking situations. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this true story about a renowned brain surgeon who overcame obstacles to change ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Call Me Irresponsible

Song Worksheet: Call Me Irresponsible

This worksheet consists of three excersises. In the first one students write the opposite adjectives. In the second one they listen to the song and fill the gaps. Finally, they complete the chart ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: We Don't Need Another Hero

Song Worksheet: We Don't Need Another Hero

I used this worksheet when my class learnt about superheroes. I printed the picture in A3 format and covered it with small cards (with the help of some blue tac). I numbered the cards and told my ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Summer of 69

Summer of 69

This is a famous song by Bryan Adams to practice past simple. First students put the given verbs in the past simple then listen to the song and write these verbs in the correct place. Pre-intermed ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Demons by Imagine Dragons

Song Worksheet: Demons by Imagine Dragons

Horacio
This is a worksheet intended to help students to develop their listening skills by practicing the way words are pronounced. In the first and third parts the exercise is about distinguishing pronun ...
2 Elementary
Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Bingo and Fill the Gaps)

Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Bingo and Fill the Gaps)

Janaina Florentino das Ne
This worksheet starts with a Bingo game as the first step then filling the gaps with the missing words from the music, to finish you will find a Pop Wizz about the song studied above. It will take ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

M. Celeste Olcese
Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry. Variety of exercises: fill in the blanks with the words that you hear, put the verses in the correct order, match the sentence halves. Plus some vocabulary/use ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Suzanne Bhagan
"Pothound" is a great, short film by Trinidadian filmmaker, Christopher Guinness. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/32823310. I used this worksheet with intermediate ESL students in a Japan ...
1 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

Song Worksheet: On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons

I created this worksheet for my Cambridge English First students before our winter break. It'll help them with phrasal verbs and vocabulary. You could also hold a class discussion about when your ...
4 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Movie Worksheet: Big Hero 6

Movie Worksheet: Big Hero 6

This is a worksheet based on "Big Hero 6". It is designed for elementary level and it includes two activities that students are asked to answer after watching the cartoon. Hope it helps.
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: All That We Have Is Now

Song Worksheet: All That We Have Is Now

It is a listening activity based on Jesse Winchester's song. I happened to listen to it on the radio and I thought it was great for revising verbs in the present simple tense form. I used it with ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Black or White by Michael Jackson

Song Worksheet: Black or White by Michael Jackson

This is a simple worksheet based on Michael Jackson's Black or White song with two exercises: one to put in order of appearance the different nationalities, and another one to match the different ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: The Simpsons

Movie Worksheet: The Simpsons

desdemicielo
it's a trivia about the most famous family in the world. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction ...
2 Elementary
Movie Worksheet: Lazy Town - First Day of Summer

Movie Worksheet: Lazy Town - First Day of Summer

Anna
A worksheet which is based on one of the episodes of Lazy Town- First Day of Summer. There are also some summer words that were mentioned in the film + answers at the end. I hope it will ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Song Worksheet: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

BusyTeacher Contributor
Listening activity for the song I don't wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith. Choose the correct word in bold and in capital letters from the lyrics already provided. There are some words to choos ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Pocahontas (Nature Vocabulary)

Movie Worksheet: Pocahontas (Nature Vocabulary)

This worksheet aims at teaching young learners specific nature related lexical items. Students are asked to place the given words in the correct group. Small pictures are also included to provide ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Song Worksheet: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Song Worksheet: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

I devised this for some students who are rock musicians. It can facilitate some interesting discussion as the meaning is not entirely clear and the fact that the singer apparently committed suicid ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: We Are the Champions by Queen Bingo

Song Worksheet: We Are the Champions by Queen Bingo

BusyTeacher Contributor
The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student chose 3 words in ...
4 All levels
Song Worksheet: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 (Bingo)

Song Worksheet: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 (Bingo)

BusyTeacher Contributor
The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student choses 3 words in ...
2 All levels

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