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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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Simple present negative - Practice

Simple present negative - Practice

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards to practice the Simple Present Negative and improve their cooperation and communication skil ...
1 Views 6,038 BegElem
Simple present positive - Practice

Simple present positive - Practice

Grammatics.education
    Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills.  When young le ...
1 Views 4,592 BegElem
Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Grammatics
  Young learners can watch and have fun coloring this background used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video, finally creating their own Present Simple Negative sentence.
1 Views 6,153 BegElem
Watch & Listen To A Brief History Of America's Independence

Watch & Listen To A Brief History Of America's Independence

     With this worksheet, students will practice their listening skills while learning about the historical events surrounding the creation of the USA. The video is in two parts ...
1 Views 5,281 Pre-IntInt
Listen vs. Hear

Listen vs. Hear

Elsa Hedrick
  This quick practice worksheet is for learning the difference between listening and hearing. It is geared towards ESL emerging English speakers levels A2-C1. It includes a gap-fill activi ...
1 Views 7,486 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
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American Heatwave Listening

American Heatwave Listening

  With this worksheet, students can practice their listening skills and comprehension. There are three exercises ranging from easy to more difficult. Students watch a video of a news item ...
1 Views 4,165 Pre-IntInt
Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Grammatics
    This Present Simple Writing Worksheet is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their first lesson then have fun practicing ...
1 Views 6,276 BegElem
Telling Time: What Time is it?

Telling Time: What Time is it?

Jeff Genet
  This beginner-level lesson uses common vocabulary and phrases to learn how to talk about the time in English. It includes vocabulary building, visual aids to practice teaching, and telli ...
1 Views 7,355 BegElemPre-Int
Simple Present Negative Lesson Plan

Simple Present Negative Lesson Plan

Grammatics.education
  This 40-minute lesson plan practices Simple Present Negative, grammar form, and structure. Students watch the animated video and complete an individual or group comprehension activity fo ...
1 Views 6,186 BegElem
The Great Debate: Coffee vs. Tea

The Great Debate: Coffee vs. Tea

Jeff Genet
  This conversation-based lesson talks about the history and benefits of coffee and tea. Which do you prefer? It includes vocabulary building, warm-up, and discussion questions, idioms, a ...
1 Views 6,626 All
Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch this animated video and order the story cards as a way to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed ...
1 Views 6,162 BegElem
History of the Airplane

History of the Airplane

Jeff Genet
  An interactive CEFR B2 video and conversation-based lesson to talk about the History of Airplanes, travel, modes of transportation, inventions, and innovation. It includes vocabulary bui ...
1 Views 5,936 Pre-IntInt
Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed the worksh ...
1 Views 4,312 BegElem
Superstitions Around the World

Superstitions Around the World

Jeff Genet
  A speaking and conversation-based lesson to talk about superstitions around the world. This resource includes picture speculation, vocabulary matching, warm-up and conversation questions ...
1 Views 7,178 All
Simple Present Positive Lesson Plan

Simple Present Positive Lesson Plan

Grammatics.education
This 40-minute lesson plan practices Simple Present Positive grammar form and structure. Students watch the animated video and complete an individual or group comprehension activity followed by ...
1 Views 5,382 BegElem
Present Simple Negative – Group work activity

Present Simple Negative – Group work activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards. The exercise helps to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity ...
1 Views 3,907 BegElem
Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Jeff Genet
  Talk about the Mexican-American holiday Cinco de Mayo. This fun, conversation, and video-based lesson plan covers a bit of the history of the holiday, how it's celebrated, and descriptio ...
1 Views 3,652 All
Present Simple Positive – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Positive – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch the animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is complete, simpl ...
1 Views 5,052 BegElem
Around the House

Around the House

Jeff Genet
  A speaking-based lesson for beginners to talk about rooms and things around the home. It includes visual aids for brainstorming and identifying rooms and common household items. Identify ...
1 Views 8,578 BegElemPre-Int
Present Simple Negative – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Negative – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is complet ...
1 Views 4,069 BegElem
Canada vs. USA – Quality of Living

Canada vs. USA – Quality of Living

Jeff Genet
  A fun and engaging lesson to talk about places to live in the world, the best places to live, and the quality of living. An intermediate level, speaking and listening-based lesson about ...
1 Views 6,438 All
Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Jeff Genet
  This fun and engaging intermediate video-based lesson on Bad Habits features visual aids for brainstorming vocabulary and phrases and talking about bad habits. It includes activities suc ...
1 Views 8,180 All
Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet on the Present Simple Negative is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their language lesson, then have fun practicin ...
1 Views 3,986 BegElem
April Fool's Day Pranks

April Fool's Day Pranks

Jeff Genet
  This comprehensive ESL lesson on April Fool's day begins with some warm-up questions and a vocabulary-matching exercise. Students watch a YouTube video, then answer some listening compre ...
1 Views 5,526 All
Present Simple Questions – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Questions – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch our animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is comple ...
1 Views 4,803 BegElem

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