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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 2,846 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 2,846 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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Movie Worksheet: Into the Woods

Movie Worksheet: Into the Woods

This worksheet is created as a final activity to discuss the movie "Into the Woods". It mainly focuses on the movies' characters and some vocabulary. There are no discussion questions. The workshe ...
2 Views 1,135 Pre-IntIntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Maleficent

Movie Worksheet: Maleficent

I have designed this PDF based on the movie "Maleficent". It includes three parts:  before watching, while watching and after watching. First, have your student talk with their partners about ...
1 Views 1,275 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: One Dance by Drake

Song Worksheet: One Dance by Drake

Emily Kerr
Motivate your teenage or young adult learners with this song worksheet based onthe popular song "One Dance" by Drake. Your students are sure to enjoy the song as they listen and fill in the blanks ...
1 Views 2,294 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Crimson Peak (Trailer Activity)

Movie Worksheet: Crimson Peak (Trailer Activity)

Helen
This worksheet is perfect for Halloween lessons. Students should watch the trailer first and then do some interesting exercises. It is full of Halloween vocabulary, so it will be quite useful for ...
4 Views 1,587 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Song Worksheet: Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Vanessa Guggi
This is a very nice listening comprehension activity. There is a worksheet with various activities to complete while listening to the song "Can't stop the feeling" by Justin Timberlake. I show the ...
4 Views 4,637 BegElem
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Movie Worksheet: What Is the U.S. Electoral College and How Does It Work?

Movie Worksheet: What Is the U.S. Electoral College and How Does It Work?

Adele
Electoral procedures in the US can be difficult to understand as they are complex and unique. Here's a link to a video on youtube that explains in simple terms what the US Electoral College is an ...
4 Views 2,385 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: This Is the Life by Sweet California

Song Worksheet: This Is the Life by Sweet California

Claire
This is a worksheet I prepared for my students about the song  'This is the life'  by the Spanish music group Sweet California. They have to put the lyrics in the correct order, and fill ...
1 Views 1,915 ElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: 10 Evil People with Surprising Hobbies

Movie Worksheet: 10 Evil People with Surprising Hobbies

mariaes
What did Hitler and other important people in history like to do in their free time? Watch the video and find out. Teens enjoy this video activity and can be shocked at some of the facts revealed ...
4 Views 2,942 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Friends Handout, Season 1 Episode 16

Movie Worksheet: Friends Handout, Season 1 Episode 16

Mahboobeh Roshanak
This handout is given to students in class .While watching the episode,  the teacher asks students to talk about events in the film by asking meaningful questions. They can also take a look a ...
1 Views 1,772 Adv
Song Worksheet: Wish That You Were Here by Florence and the Machine

Song Worksheet: Wish That You Were Here by Florence and the Machine

A song worksheet designed for intermediate and upper-intermediate level students who liked the movie "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children". The song has a deep essential meaning especially ...
2 Views 2,006 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Gothika

Movie Worksheet: Gothika

maria del mar
It's interesting to get feedback from students after watching the film. Students will have to answer some questions about the film. Some parts of the film are a bit scary so I used it on H ...
1 Views 882 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Closer by The Chainsmokers

Song Worksheet: Closer by The Chainsmokers

Maurício Thomas
A listening worksheet of the song Closer by The Chainsmokers. That's not my kind of music but a student of mine showed it to me and I decided to create an worksheet of this song. It's quite simple ...
5 Views 2,581 BegElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet - Pretty Woman

Song Worksheet - Pretty Woman

I have decided to prepare this song acitivity to get basic students more engaged. It is a great song, and they will fully understand some verbs and expressions, for they are not so complex. As men ...
4 Views 3,234 BegElem
Song Worksheet: Cheerleader

Song Worksheet: Cheerleader

Juliana Rost Medeiros
There are 3 sheets in this document, one is for a teacher to check the words, another one is with a box of missing words that can be used for beginner students and  in the last one is for int ...
1 Views 1,534 All
Song Worksheet: The Scientist by Coldplay

Song Worksheet: The Scientist by Coldplay

Juliana Rost de Medeiros
This is a Coldplay song. The first page is for students to fill in and the second is for a teacher to check the words. There's no word box  to be used  to encourage students to remember ...
3 Views 2,237 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: We Are The World

Song Worksheet: We Are The World

I made this very simple worksheet for primary school students, although it can be used at lower secondary courses or colleges as well. You'll find the song with a variety of activities to do while ...
2 Views 6,385 Elem
Song Worksheet : If I Were Sorry ( 2 nd Conditional)

Song Worksheet : If I Were Sorry ( 2 nd Conditional)

Simona V.
A worksheet based on a song "If I were sorry" by Frans. For pre-intermediate or intermediate students. Students listen to the song and answer some comprehension questions. The goal is to revise th ...
5 Views 6,991 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Party Like a Russian by Robbie Williams

Song Worksheet: Party Like a Russian by Robbie Williams

sasha_alexandra
Robbie Williams claims that this song is not about Russia, but about hedonism and the spirit of crazy partying. I think it's witty and entertaining, so in order to keep my students up to date with ...
4 Views 3,778 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: This Town by Niall Horan

Song Worksheet: This Town by Niall Horan

Benjamin Austwick
This is a worksheet with various activities to complete while listening to the song This Town by Niall Horan (of One Direction fame). I show the music video in class and ask them what they think t ...
2 Views 2,719 ElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Ice Age 3 (Characters Description)

Movie Worksheet: Ice Age 3 (Characters Description)

Karla
This worksheet designed for kids was made for the purpose of practicing colors and names of animals while they watch the movie in the classroom or at home. In addition, there are a couple of quest ...
1 Views 5,864 Elem
Song Worksheet: Yes I Can (Paralympics Song)

Song Worksheet: Yes I Can (Paralympics Song)

Gabriela Modroff
This is a worksheet I prepared to make my students watch the youtube video promoting the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. There are 4 exercises : a fill in the blanks, order the lines, match the lin ...
3 Views 5,615 Elem
Movie Worksheet: Oasis of the Seas, The Biggest Cruise Ship in the World

Movie Worksheet: Oasis of the Seas, The Biggest Cruise Ship in the World

Adele
This is a video by the Smithsonian channel about the biggest cruise ship in the world. It can be used with intermediate or advanced students to progress in comprehension and learn new vocabulary ...
3 Views 2,659 IntAdv
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 ...
9 Views 7,170 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 ...
23 Views 9,173 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 ...
7 Views 10,657 IntAdvExam

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