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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 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 146 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 1,099 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 1,413 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 1,696 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 2,828 BegElemPre-Int
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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 2,267 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 2,816 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 3,966 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 1,677 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 3,858 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 2,471 BegElem
Comparing Seasons

Comparing Seasons

Jeff Genet
  This conversation-based lesson is to get students to compare seasons and use comparatives and superlatives and spring-related idioms, especially spring compared to other seasons. Student ...
1 Views 2,560 All
Spring Season

Spring Season

Jeff Genet
This comprehensive lesson on spring is a fun and engaging conversation-based lesson to get students talking about spring. It includes discussion questions, learning spring-related idioms, watc ...
1 Views 3,018 All
Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards for animation

Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards for animation

Grammatics.education
  This animated video is for Young learners to watch and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of each aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have complete ...
1 Views 2,813 BegElem
Making Invitations

Making Invitations

Jeff Genet
  A conversation and video-based ESL lesson to talk about making plans. Students use visual aids to practice identifying and talking about countries, nationalities, and food. There are dis ...
1 Views 2,786 BegElemPre-Int
St. Patrick's Day: What's a Leprechaun?

St. Patrick's Day: What's a Leprechaun?

Jeff Genet
  Learn more about St. Patrick's Day with this video and visual-aids-based lesson on St. Patrick's Day and Leprechauns. It builds vocabulary includes listening and discussion questions, id ...
1 Views 3,670 All
Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards for animation

Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards for animation

Grammatics.education
  This animated video is for Young learners to watch and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of each aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have complete ...
1 Views 2,363 BegElem
Job Interview: Talking About Skills

Job Interview: Talking About Skills

Jeff Genet
    A beginner English conversation and video-based ESL lesson to practice talking about job skills using adverbs of manner. Students watch the video, answer listening questions, and ...
1 Views 4,446 BegElemPre-Int
At The Gym

At The Gym

Mahboobeh Roshanak
  This YouTube video and the relevant prepared questions help you develop your listening skills. It is a beneficial comprehension exercise. It also provides the vocabulary related to fitne ...
1 Views 2,395 IntAdv
St. Patrick's Day Customs

St. Patrick's Day Customs

Jeff Genet
  A video and visual-aids-based lesson on St.Patrick's Day customs. Vocabulary builder, discussion questions, idioms, listening questions, and fill-in-the-gaps exercise. Students listen to ...
1 Views 3,376 All
Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Grammatics
    This background is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun coloring and finally ...
1 Views 2,456 BegElem
Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with our animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun practicing writing and finall ...
1 Views 2,689 BegElem
At the Doctor

At the Doctor

Jeff Genet
    There are lots of visual aids to get your students talking, retelling, and telling stories about Going to See the Doctor. Students watch a fun and engaging YouTube video with voc ...
1 Views 3,429 BegElemPre-Int
Present Simple Question – Order Story Cards for Animation

Present Simple Question – Order Story Cards for Animation

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and order the story cards as a way to help reinforce their understanding of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed the worksheet, s ...
1 Views 3,174 BegElem
Present Simple Negative – Video Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Negative – Video Writing Worksheet

Grammatics
  This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and complete their language lesson They can then have fun writing and creati ...
1 Views 2,484 BegElem

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