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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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A Good Teacher is...

A Good Teacher is...

Ayotomi Fasuyi
It is a poster that details the qualities of a good teacher. I hope every teacher finds it a useful reminder of the attributes we must possess. I have it pasted on my notice board so I can always ...
1 Views 2,639 All
ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS

ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS

Robbie - EnglishTeacher
   Don't stress about lesson preparation! My 1 HOUR lessons use short English TV video clips and cover speaking, listening, vocabulary and comprehension. Download the lesson for cl ...
1 Views 4,585 Pre-IntIntAdv
Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

Anastasiia
The video introduces the basics of insurance, students get familiar with key words to discuss the types of insurance and the risks they can be insured against. The worksheet can be used in Genera ...
1 Views 2,924 Int
Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Nadia Ramos
This version of the song uses three different listening comprehension strategies. The teacher needs to be aware and explain each part to students so they won't get lost. I recommend teachers to d ...
1 Views 8,699 ElemPre-IntInt
Health and Nutrition. Is Gluten Really Bad for You?

Health and Nutrition. Is Gluten Really Bad for You?

Anastasiia
The tasks are aimed at pre-intermediate and intermediate students and are based on the video. Worksheet focuses on developing listening comprehension and provides Ukranian vocabulary translation ...
1 Views 4,899 Pre-IntInt
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SONG: I Can See Clearly Now

Guilherme G Tidon
This is a very simple song and activity which contains vocabulary about weather, as well as some use of 'can' and 'going to' (informally contracted as 'gonna'). There are also some adjectives and ...
1 Views 11,234 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Maniac from Flashdance Song Worksheet

Maniac from Flashdance Song Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
The worksheet contains several different graded activities ( listening-reading-lexical expansion-speaking task) - while also having fun watching the video for the famous song "Maniac" from the 198 ...
1 Views 4,363 Pre-IntInt
Past Simple Regular Verbs

Past Simple Regular Verbs

Jeff Genet
This lesson is FULL of visual aids and clear examples of when and how to use and form the Past Simple for irregular verbs. The lesson contains a link to a fun, animated video. This is the perfect ...
1 Views 8,876 BegElemPre-IntInt
SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

Guilherme G Tidon
In this worksheet, students will work with the song 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles. There are many opportunities to work on different topics here: present simple, body parts, jobs, places in town. Th ...
1 Views 9,512 Pre-IntIntAdv
Mr. Popper's Penguins Movie Worksheet

Mr. Popper's Penguins Movie Worksheet

It's a 2011 comedy movie based on the book. This worksheet has simple questions based on a few scenes in the movie and a little activity/picture matching. Vocabulary: eagle / sailing / character / ...
1 Views 7,683 Pre-Int
History of London from Roman Times to Modern Days

History of London from Roman Times to Modern Days

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the vocabulary describing the features of London from the early days to modern times. The activity is organized around the video. Tasks focus on developing listening compr ...
1 Views 13,359 Pre-IntInt
Loneliness - A Video Lesson

Loneliness - A Video Lesson

This video is great for raising awareness about loneliness, its possible causes and how to help yourself or others who are in this situation. The worksheet provides you with some questions for dis ...
1 Views 8,687 IntAdvExam
University Terms Explained - Video and Fill in the Blank Activity

University Terms Explained - Video and Fill in the Blank Activity

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on higher education vocabulary and explains words like major, course, and degree. The worksheet helps to work on listening comprehension and speaking skills. Students get a c ...
1 Views 4,738 IntAdv
Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

English Through Videos
Help your learners practice their English with this fun video activity. Watch the TV show clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 8,341 IntAdv
Relative Pronouns Video Activity (who / which / where / that)

Relative Pronouns Video Activity (who / which / where / that)

English Through Videos
This is a video activity to practice using relative pronouns who, which, where, and that. There is a YouTube video and a matching worksheet. Learners watch the video, look at the pictures, and com ...
1 Views 8,525 Pre-IntInt
Learning through Song Lyrics: Elton John - Your Song

Learning through Song Lyrics: Elton John - Your Song

Samuel Hull
This is a worksheet to go with the song "Your Song" by Elton John. Includes the following tasks while listening to the song: - Putting the lines in order - Finding the mistake in the line and wr ...
1 Views 14,826 ElemPre-IntInt
Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Anastasiia
The tasks are based on the video and focus on developing listening comprehension. The worksheet includes listening for the gist, listening for specific information, and gap-filling activities. Th ...
1 Views 7,689 ElemPre-IntInt
Passive Voice Video Activity - Cartoon Clip Descriptions

Passive Voice Video Activity - Cartoon Clip Descriptions

English Through Videos
Help your learners practise their English with this fun video activity. Watch the cartoon clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 7,998 Adv
Introduction To Indefinite Pronouns Song Worksheet

Introduction To Indefinite Pronouns Song Worksheet

While listening to two American songs, students will get familiar with compounds of every, some, any and no (indefinite pronouns). This worksheet includes listening and speaking tasks as well as s ...
1 Views 7,406 ElemPre-Int
Oscars 2019 Listening/Speaking Activity

Oscars 2019 Listening/Speaking Activity

Hellen Haga
I'm running a pool with all my students, and the winner will get a pair of movie tickets. To introduce the topic, I prepared a class to work on movie vocabulary. The first task is about genres; th ...
1 Views 10,136 ElemPre-Int
Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

English Through Videos
Practice your English with this fun video activity. Watch the video on the link below and complete the gap-fill activity. It can be done as a speaking task or writing task. Change the simple prese ...
1 Views 11,274 ElemPre-IntInt
Carmen Sandiego S01E03

Carmen Sandiego S01E03

Henry
This worksheet has 9 multiple-choice question about the 3rd episode of the new Netflix series Carmen Sandiego and one dissertative that could be a speaking exercise. Since I'm studying possessive ...
1 Views 3,970 Elem
Friends worksheet 05x11

Friends worksheet 05x11

Pauliane Godoy
This is a worksheet based on the famous tv series Friends. It's an activity that can be usedo with intermediate students or higher. This episode is about New Year's Eve resolutions. It's funny an ...
1 Views 7,718 IntAdv
Feeling Sick

Feeling Sick

Jeff Genet
A fantastic lesson for teaching students vocabulary and expressions about feeling sick. This lesson is linked to a fun, animated YouTube video. A conversation with powerful visual aids. Exercises ...
1 Views 6,102 All
Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel Gap Fill

Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel Gap Fill

Tom Leventhall
A song gap fill worksheet of the song the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Students begin with vocab picture match before listening to the song and completing the missing lyrics. The son ...
1 Views 8,605 Pre-IntIntAdv

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