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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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APPEARANCE: 7 Curious Facts Your Appearance Says about You

APPEARANCE: 7 Curious Facts Your Appearance Says about You

Anastasiia
  The video-based worksheet deals with the topics of appearance and its possible influence on character. Students work on the vocabulary units that describe the facial structure, namely no ...
1 Views 242 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Katherine
  This song "Mad Hatter" by Melanie Martinez is from Tim Burton's movie Alice in Wonderland. Students watch and listen to the video on YouTube. This task is complicated. Before handing out ...
1 Views 1,133 IntAdv
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
    The subject of this worksheet is Looking for adventure | Searching for happiness. It helps practice listening skills. Students listen to the song and discuss the meaning of "bein ...
1 Views 292 Pre-IntInt
English for Work – How to ask for a Raise

English for Work – How to ask for a Raise

Anastasiia
  The worksheet teaches communication in professional settings. It can be used as a part of Business English classes at the workplace. The tasks include watching the sample videos of unsu ...
1 Views 467 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

  Students listen to the lyrics of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi through the given link and fill in the verbs in the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses, including the verb t ...
1 Views 578 ElemPre-IntInt
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Song Worksheet: "A Broken Heart" – Adverbs of Frequency

Alan Smith Robertson
  This original song for the ESL classroom contains eleven adverbs of frequency (always, constantly, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, once in a while, now and then, rarely, hardly ...
1 Views 1,104 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
  This worksheet for Pre-/Intermediate levels can be used to practise listening skills, comprehension and to discuss the meaning of "being on top of the world". It can be used as a warm-up ...
1 Views 2,048 Pre-IntInt
Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

  Using songs is an effective way to teach student English. The short worksheet is to help students develop listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar rules. It contains three defined ...
1 Views 777 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

  The lyrics from this song, The Spirit Carries On, from Dream Theater provide an opportunity for class discussion. Students listen to the video and explore the meaning of the words, then ...
1 Views 626 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

  After watching and listening to the video of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, students then complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks. This sheet covers the verbs in the Present Si ...
1 Views 903 BegElemPre-Int
Smart Home Explained – Homes and Modern Technology

Smart Home Explained – Homes and Modern Technology

Anastasiia
  The worksheet focuses on the vocabulary describing technology in the house as well as rooms and household appliances. The activity is organized around the video that explains the benefit ...
1 Views 1,184 Pre-IntInt
Greta Thunberg Listening Comprehension

Greta Thunberg Listening Comprehension

lynxou
  This listening comprehension exercise is based on Greta's Thunberg's famous "How dare you" speech at the UN. It includes a fill-in-the-blanks question. At the end of the worksheet, there ...
1 Views 1,486 Pre-IntInt
A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

    Teaching students by using songs presents a variety of methods to practice English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. In this song A Whole New World By Peabo Bryson a ...
1 Views 1,808 Pre-IntIntAdv
Talking about World News

Talking about World News

Pocket Passport
  An interactive lesson with visual aids to keep students engaged and to learn and remember. Students watch the animated video, answer listening comprehension questions and use illustrated ...
1 Views 2,731 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Sesame Street listening/watching practise A2

Sesame Street listening/watching practise A2

Valentina Danho
  This simple worksheet is for students who are about 11– 22 years old at CEFR level A2 to practise watching and listening, using an episode of Sesame street on YouTube. Q1 could als ...
1 Views 1,034 Elem
Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb

Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb "to get")

Alan Smith Robertson
  This song “Getting Older” is written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice the uses of the verb "TO GET". The worksheet also explores the different stages of l ...
1 Views 2,303 Pre-IntIntAdv
Future Predictions Video Activity – Mixed Tenses

Future Predictions Video Activity – Mixed Tenses

English Through Videos
Practise future predictions with this fun video activity. Use different future tenses to describe the predictions from this movie clip set in the future and use future simple, future, continuo ...
1 Views 2,720 IntAdv
The Year in Review

The Year in Review

Pocket Jeff
  This resource is a fun and effective way to teach English conversation, improve listening skills and use expressions in context. Students watch the animated YouTube video and answer the ...
1 Views 1,356 BegElemPre-IntInt
The Berenstain Bears Family Get-Together

The Berenstain Bears Family Get-Together

Karina
  This worksheet is based on a 'Berenstain Bears Family Get-Together' cartoon episode. It's for young learners to watch and enjoy while matching the pictures and completing the short exerc ...
1 Views 2,072 ElemPre-Int
PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

  Using songs is a multiple and enjoyable way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules.  In this song there are three defined activities and three more you ...
1 Views 2,686 IntAdv
Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

LL
  In this worksheet, students listen to the song Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons, complete the text and place the sentences in the correct order. The last exercise can be used as  pa ...
1 Views 4,844 ElemPre-Int
Mr. Popper's Penguins – Movie

Mr. Popper's Penguins – Movie

  Mr. Popper's Penguins is a comedy with penguins doing silly things which are fun to watch. On this worksheet the class watches a few scenes in the movie, beginning and ending with design ...
1 Views 2,713 ElemPre-IntInt
Power Point Song – Blackbird By Paul McCartney

Power Point Song – Blackbird By Paul McCartney

  There are a variety of methods to teach students English by using songs, from listening comprehension to grammar rules. This short worksheet includes three defined activities involving a ...
1 Views 2,263 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

  This PowerPoint presentation teaches students by using a song. It’s a multiple way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. It includes three defined ac ...
1 Views 4,516 Pre-IntIntAdv
33 Common Phrasal Verbs Students Must Know

33 Common Phrasal Verbs Students Must Know

Pocket Passport
  Watch the video and practice how to use phrasal verbs in natural conversation. This resource has fill-in-the-blanks exercises, listening comprehension activities, vocabulary matching act ...
1 Views 5,860 All

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