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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 2,950 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 2,950 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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Talking about Food

Talking about Food

Jeff Genet
This fun and interactive lesson is linked to an animated video that was made specifically for teaching ESL/EFL students vocabulary and expressions to talk about food and eating habits. Perfect for ...
1 Views 3,849 BegElemPre-Int
It Takes Two Movie PowerPoint

It Takes Two Movie PowerPoint

Watch the movie and check how well your students remember facts from there by playing a game of trivia. The first slide is made to let students guess what movie they are going to watch: fact will ...
1 Views 2,778 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
The Legend of Santa

The Legend of Santa

Jeff Genet
A fun lesson about the Legend of Santa talks about the history of Santa Claus. This lesson is linked to a YouTube video and was made specifically for building vocabulary, improving listening skill ...
1 Views 8,521 All
Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Colm Boyd
Youngblood was one of the biggest hits of summer 2018. I wrote this worksheet to practice vocabulary related to feelings and relationships. It also has a short (gap-fill) reading exercise with inf ...
1 Views 3,834 Pre-IntIntAdv
Lady Gaga - I'll Never Love Again Song Worksheet

Lady Gaga - I'll Never Love Again Song Worksheet

Joyce
This is a listening practice activity from the movie A Star is Born. The speed is quite slow so it's suitable for all levels. I recommend playing the song at least twice. This file includes a stu ...
1 Views 4,701 All
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Christmas Song Decoding Warmer

Christmas Song Decoding Warmer

Elena Taranova
Christmas is coming and you want to spice your lessons up by throwing a Christmas riddle? Let your students decode the message and guess the song the lyrics are taken from. KEY: Jingle bells, Jing ...
1 Views 9,466 Pre-IntIntAdv
Peppa Pig Halloween. Pumpkin Competition

Peppa Pig Halloween. Pumpkin Competition

This worksheet is based on 'Peppa Pig' cartoon Halloween themed episode. It starts from the beginning of the video below and ends at 4:29. It was made to revise Future Simple and Going To and to s ...
1 Views 2,970 ElemPre-Int

"Friends" Season 3 Episode 9 Thanksgiving TV Episode Worksheet (The One With The Football)

Ariel
This is a worksheet based a full episode of the TV show, "Friends" (Season 3, Episode 9: The One With The Football). It includes matching activities to pre-teach relevant vocabulary and listening ...
1 Views 5,261 IntAdv
We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

Natasha
It's a worksheet to cheer up and motivate your students, to distract from the boring routine studying. It isn't a very easy song to work with but almost every child knows the tune and loves to sin ...
1 Views 6,806 ElemPre-IntInt
Christmas Songs Handout

Christmas Songs Handout

Elena Taranova
Put your students in the mood for Christmas by listening to Christmas Songs. The handout consists of two songs: Carol of Bells for higher levels (Pentatonix version - https://www.youtube.com/watch ...
1 Views 10,057 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Black Friday

Black Friday

Pocket Passport
A fun, animated lesson to teach your students all about Black Friday. What is it? How did it get its name? What happens? and lots more! This lesson plan is linked to a YouTube video that was made ...
1 Views 8,692 All
Peppa Pig. Shopping

Peppa Pig. Shopping

This worksheet is based on 'Peppa Pig' cartoon episode. It was made to revise modal verb CAN. It may be used to speak about fruits and vegetables, quantity and shopping. It will take about 30 mins ...
1 Views 7,448 BegElem
Home Alone (1999) Movie Worksheet for B2+ Levels

Home Alone (1999) Movie Worksheet for B2+ Levels

Elena Taranova
Watch a legendary Christmas movie with your students or assign it as homework, your students will be elated. The tasks include putting events in order, answering questions, working with slang and ...
1 Views 9,082 AdvExam
Home Alone (1999) Movie Handout B1 Level

Home Alone (1999) Movie Handout B1 Level

Elena Taranova
Watch a legendary Christmas family movie with your students to enjoy Christmas season even more. The handout is based on the first part of the movie: 0:00 - 51:20. This is not an easy movie to wat ...
1 Views 10,168 Pre-IntInt
Shallow By Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga - Prepositions Lyrics Worksheet

Shallow By Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga - Prepositions Lyrics Worksheet

Luna Checchini
I've used this very popular song to practice prepositions; it has an English to Italian glossary that you can cut off, and missing prepositions on the right column. I've given my students the work ...
1 Views 7,497 ElemPre-Int
To All the Boys I've Loved Before Movie Worksheet

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Movie Worksheet

Cris
Here's an exercise that you can use for discussion groups and listening comprehension. The first step is to talk to the students about the movie. The exercise contains discussion moments and liste ...
1 Views 4,301 Pre-Int
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles

Hello Goodbye - The Beatles

Sue
I have created this simple activity to break the ice and to engage begginer students in a fun listening exercise. It is a complete the blank worksheet of a very simple and fun song Hello Goodbye b ...
1 Views 7,362 All
Scary Halloween Lesson

Scary Halloween Lesson

Jeff Genet
A super fun lesson and animated video created especially for teaching ESL students vocabulary, idioms and expressions to talk about fear. Perfect for improving listening and boosting vocabulary, t ...
1 Views 14,879 All
Halloween Planning Lesson with Activities

Halloween Planning Lesson with Activities

Jeff Genet
A fantastic lesson plan for teaching useful vocabulary and expressions to talk about Halloween. The lesson plan includes a link to a fun, animated YouTube video. An excellent resource for improvin ...
1 Views 11,258 All
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

Tom Leventhall
A song gapfill worksheet for Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. Students listen to the song, choose the correct word, and then use context to guess meaning. Good for any lessons about New York, ...
1 Views 7,116 Pre-IntInt
Goofy Basketball

Goofy Basketball

Claudio Ferreira
This is a worksheet based on the video "Goofy Basketball" which encourages young learners to start working with worksheets. Even at the end they can do a little of maths using the vocabulary prov ...
1 Views 5,939 BegElem
Find Someone Who Movies/Films

Find Someone Who Movies/Films

Cut the handout out to use as a warmer or one of activities on topic of movies/film genres, etc. Each student gets a card and starts asking other students questions to find a person who does somet ...
2 Views 9,682 Pre-IntIntAdv
Remembering Aretha Franklin - Video and Worksheet

Remembering Aretha Franklin - Video and Worksheet

Chocolate Addict
A tribute to Aretha Franklin: first a video from The New York Times (it has captions if needed) and then an article about her life and career. First I ask students what they know about Aretha Fra ...
1 Views 5,944 IntAdv
Girls Like You - Maroon 5

Girls Like You - Maroon 5

Marcela M P Strufaldi
Girls Like You - Maroon 5 It is an activity with different exercises. Match the sentences, Choose the correct word, Find the extra word, Put the sentences in the corect order, Unscramble the word ...
1 Views 14,982 Pre-IntInt
A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

A worksheet to accompany a short animated video.  Includes vocabulary for different life stages, sequencing words to help students write a plot summary of the video, discussion questions and ...
2 Views 14,792 Pre-IntIntAdv

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