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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 2,596 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 2,596 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: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Song Worksheet: All about That Bass by Meghan Trainor

Song worksheet of All about that bass by Meghan Trainor. A good way to light up the mood of a class. I used it to introduce a topic about self respect. It contains 4 exercises: fill in the gaps, c ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: You Get Me by Seal and Biuka

Song Worksheet: You Get Me by Seal and Biuka

This is a beautiful song, performed by Seal and Buika. The language used is very poetic but it is easy to understand. It contains examples of first type conditional and time clauses, as well as so ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: All You Need Is Love

Song Worksheet: All You Need Is Love

Michel Dorighelo
This worksheet is about the song "All you need is love" by The Beatles. It is a presentation with images and a link to the original video on YouTube. It tells you information about a program being ...
3 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: My Favorite Things by The Golden Filter

Song Worksheet: My Favorite Things by The Golden Filter

This is a very easy song for beginners and elementary students. It is also a very catchy song. Could be used as a warm up before the rest of the class as it might make your students want to dance, ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Movie Worksheet: Homes in Britain (Types of Houses)

Movie Worksheet: Homes in Britain (Types of Houses)

This worksheet can help your students to learn more about types of houses in Britain and improve their listening and comprehension skills. There is filling in the gaps with suitable words, guessin ...
2 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Cheerleader by Omi

Song Worksheet: Cheerleader by Omi

Sasha
My kids are obsessed with this song so I thought I'd finally make it into a worksheet for them. For higher levels of primary and lower levels of secondary. Just a simple fill-in-the-blank, but goo ...
3 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Movie Worksheet: The Great Gatsby. Trailer Activity. Sentences with I Wish

Movie Worksheet: The Great Gatsby. Trailer Activity. Sentences with I Wish

Larysa Honcharuk
This is the worksheet based on The Great Gatsby trailer. The grammar focuses on the sentences with I wish/if only. It also contains listening practice with fill in the gaps activity and synonym m ...
1 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Like a Stone

Song Worksheet: Like a Stone

This worksheet is aimed at intermediate and above students. It includes number the verses in correct order, fill in the blanks with the missing words, unscramble the words activities. There is als ...
3 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Friday I'm in Love (Days of the Week)

Song Worksheet: Friday I'm in Love (Days of the Week)

Florencia
The worksheet, as its title says, is about the days of the week. I thought of a good and amusing way of learning them (to pronounce them and be able to write them), and the song by The Cure came ...
4 Complete Beginner
Song Worksheet: Like I'm Gonna Lose You

Song Worksheet: Like I'm Gonna Lose You

Listening activity with missing words, order the sentences and choose the right word. I used i to practice listening with my students.I first play the song so they can listen, after that I hand ov ...
1 Complete BeginnerPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Song Worksheet: Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Andreia Macambira
This is a song activity with different types of exercises. It can be used to reinforce vocabulary as well as practicing rhyming words. You can do a warm-up activity asking abour jealousy and ...
1 All levels
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. ...
2 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 ...
2 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 ...
4 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

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