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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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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 1,881 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 2,822 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 6,925 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 6,087 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 3,980 Pre-IntInt
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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 3,607 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 5,812 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 3,893 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 8,334 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 10,376 Pre-IntIntAdv
Job Interview Dos and Don'ts Video Activity

Job Interview Dos and Don'ts Video Activity

BusyTeacher Contributor
It is a listening and reading worksheet based on a video from YouTube (approx: 4 minutes). There are two parts: a fill-in exercise and a reading section. Useful job interview tips are provided so ...
1 Views 5,511 IntAdv
The Wolf of Wall Street Scene Worksheet

The Wolf of Wall Street Scene Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a business English worksheet based on a video clip from the film The Wolf of Wall Street. It contains some finance vocabulary and a real-life conversation. There are two exercises - one is ...
1 Views 3,919 IntAdv
Song Gap Fill:

Song Gap Fill: "My Girl" by Madness

Tom Leventhall
A lyrics gap fill of the song "My Girl" by the ska band Madness. (See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw-8AGRcyvk) The song contains a number lines in the past perfect as well as some inte ...
1 Views 5,311 IntAdv
AC/DC - Back in Black

AC/DC - Back in Black

Hi! I teach English to 6th graders and I asked them for songs to listen in class and it surprised me when one of them asked for this catchy classic rock song Back in Black from AC/DC. It can be a ...
1 Views 6,169 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

Hello! The first part of the worksheet is a simple listening comprehension exercise in which the students must listen and complete the lyrics of the famous song "Hotel California" by the Eagles. T ...
1 Views 8,825 Pre-IntIntAdv
Coldplay - The Scientist

Coldplay - The Scientist

This a listening exercise for elementary students using The Scientist by Coldplay. Students have to do different exercises in order to complete the song. I have found this song very appealing to m ...
1 Views 10,556 BegElem

"The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman Song Worksheet

Elia
Inspired by other worksheets I have seen here, I created this one based on the song "The Greatest Show"  from the movie The Greatest Showman. Hope its useful! It also contains some quick ques ...
1 Views 11,608 Pre-IntInt
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit

Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit

Olga Nazarova
This worksheet is based on the amazing song by Linkin Park - "Breaking the Habit." First students try to predict if the song is fast or slow, happy or sad, what genre of music it is. Then they hav ...
1 Views 6,601 Pre-IntInt
School's Out - Alice Cooper, Song Worksheet

School's Out - Alice Cooper, Song Worksheet

Kauê Moura
Alice Cooper is a well-known rock and roller. His live performances are legendary and his studio records have given us many hits, including "Hey stoopid", "I'm eighteen" and, of course, "School's ...
1 Views 7,733 ElemPre-IntInt
Ramadan

Ramadan

hellen haga
This is a listening activity based on Ramadan. It has an exercise to elicit the vocabulary, then students should watch a video (link on the file) and complete 2 tasks. There's a bottom-up exercise ...
1 Views 5,748 IntAdv
Second Conditional - If I were President

Second Conditional - If I were President

English Through Videos
This worksheet is designed to be used with a YouTube video. It helps learners practise using the Second Conditional or Unreal Conditional. It is a multiple choice and discussion activity. Studen ...
1 Views 11,567 Pre-IntIntAdv
Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Almudena Segura Suriñach
A song by Shawn Mendes with a fill-in-the blanks exercise, a phonetics exercise and a short biography of the author with some comprehension questions. Students can compare the different pronunciat ...
1 Views 10,834 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet - It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Song Worksheet - It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Karina
This worksheet can be used to help students to understand the use of the future (will and contractions). The vocabulary is easy and students can understand the lyrics. They listen the song and com ...
1 Views 16,793 ElemPre-Int
Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan

Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan

This is a complete lesson plan for practising linking adverbials and conjunctions in writing and speaking. This sheet contains: a lesson plan, a handout for some contrasting linking words seen in ...
1 Views 12,282 IntAdvExam
TV Series Worksheet: Friends (S06E09)

TV Series Worksheet: Friends (S06E09)

This worksheet is based on the ninth episode of season 6 of Friends (which is my favorite Friends episode!) and it includes spotting idioms and phrases, filling in the blanks and choosing the corr ...
33 Views 83,692 Int

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