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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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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 5,878 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 6,564 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 64,835 Int
Listening Exercise (Song): Imagine Dragons - Not Today

Listening Exercise (Song): Imagine Dragons - Not Today

This is a listening exercise for beginner levels using the song Not Today from the movie Me Before You. It is a good resource for practicing listening comprehension. Ss must fill in the gaps, reco ...
1 Views 13,123 Elem
Song Worksheet: A Gift To You

Song Worksheet: A Gift To You

This is a simple song worksheet for beginners. It's a prayer song named as "A Gift to You". I usually use this worksheet to teach my students this simple unbiased prayer. It can be used to teach ...
1 Views 5,587 Elem
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Jumanji Video Activities

Jumanji Video Activities

DIANA CASTRO
This activity is intended for A2 students or even younger if you help them understand the meaning of the sentences in the True or False activities. Students watch trailers for  Jumanji 1 and ...
1 Views 7,314 BegElemPre-Int
Song: Havana by Camila Cabello

Song: Havana by Camila Cabello

DIANA CASTRO
This activity is divided into different tasks. It is intended for young learners, level A 1. They listen and complete using words and images given. They put verses in order and circle the right an ...
1 Views 12,530 BegElemPre-Int
A Night to Remember - High School Musical

A Night to Remember - High School Musical

Barbara Plensack
Video & Song Activity based on a High School Musical 3 scene about prom. First, students watch the movie segment (which can be found on youtube) and answer some questions about it. Then, match ...
1 Views 5,953 Pre-IntInt
The DNA Journey

The DNA Journey

Monika Bojanowska-Kuchta
The DNA Journey is a project in which people from all over the world are asked to take a DNA test. It turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they thought ... The she ...
1 Views 6,148 Pre-IntIntAdv
Grilled Chicken Recipe - Video and Worksheet

Grilled Chicken Recipe - Video and Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a listening task based on a one-minute YouTube video teaching how to make grilled chicken. Students can practice the patterns of imperatives as well as using the verbs of cooking methods. ...
1 Views 7,808 Pre-IntInt

"If I Were a Boy" - Second Conditional Practice

Virginia O F Silva
vfce-if-i-were-a-boy-second-conditional.docx [20.29 Kb] (Count: 2440)This worksheet consists of two parts. In the first part, students fill in some gaps with second conditional structures before watching the video. In the second part, there are fo ...
5 Views 14,072 Pre-IntInt
Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

If you are talking about movies and it seems that you've done everything, let your students do this task. They have to guess what the movie is by reading a summary about it. The keys are included ...
4 Views 17,536 IntAdvExam
'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

Raquel Mendez
perfect_ed-sheeran.pdf [32.11 Kb] (Count: 7711)This is a listening activity in which the learner will be able to fill in the gaps, put the sentences in order, learn new vocabulary and sing along with the lyrics. It's a slow s ...
7 Views 36,500 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Is Coffee Good For You?

Is Coffee Good For You?

This activity is a discussion based on youtube videos about the effects of drinking coffee. The students firts will talk about the issue after watching the video in class and for homework they wi ...
3 Views 14,823 IntAdv
24K Magic - Bruno Mars

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Heidi Mathews
This is a worksheet which contains different activities (putting in order, matching, fill in the blanks) using the chart-topping song 24K Magic by pop singer Bruno Mars. It's a catchy tune that wi ...
5 Views 18,914 Pre-IntInt
Cat Idioms

Cat Idioms

A worksheet for this video about cat idioms in the English language. Idioms included: cat got your tongue?, a fat cat, to purr like a cat, when the cat's away, to be the cat's whiskers, the cat is ...
7 Views 19,133 Pre-IntIntAdv
Divergent Scene: Fill in the Gaps

Divergent Scene: Fill in the Gaps

This movie worksheet goes along with the following youtube video It is a great activity for teenagers. First, you can ask the students who have watched the film what is it about. Then students c ...
10 Views 13,880 Pre-IntIntAdv
Movie Worksheet - Star Wars - The Last Jedi

Movie Worksheet - Star Wars - The Last Jedi

Yulia Zueva
This worksheet is based around the teaser trailer of one of the films of the Star Wars trilogy - "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi". The first task refreshes in the students' memory the names of the ma ...
2 Views 15,513 ElemPre-Int
Mulan Movie Activities

Mulan Movie Activities

BusyTeacher Contributor
Learning English through watching movies is something that makes the process of learning more meaningful to young students. This worksheet incorporates watching and listening activities that have ...
2 Views 10,192 ElemInt
Movie Worksheet: Leopards, a Bearcat & Penguin with Jack Hanna

Movie Worksheet: Leopards, a Bearcat & Penguin with Jack Hanna

Helen
This is part of The Late Late Show with James Corden and it's hilarious but still very informative.This video and the exercises are useful for your classes if you talk about animals, nature, envir ...
6 Views 13,160 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Maleficent

Movie Worksheet: Maleficent

I have designed this pdf for the film "Maleficent". It includes two parts: first students are asked to match the names with the pictures, then they are asked to watch the film and write true or fa ...
3 Views 13,323 Elem
Song Worksheet: The Summer Set by Boomerang

Song Worksheet: The Summer Set by Boomerang

Anca Petrescu
A fun song which focuses on the second and first conditional. It also includes some gap-filling exercises. I had been listening to it for the past week and I felt like it deserved a special song w ...
4 Views 13,363 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: International House Hunters

Movie Worksheet: International House Hunters

This worksheet was originally created to be used with teenagers, but after some slight modifications it will work with adults as well. Students watch one of the episodes of International House Hun ...
4 Views 9,529 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

A worksheet to practice the present simple and sentence structure. In the video there is a short explanation of word order in English plus an activity similar to the one in the worksheet with 10 ...
4 Views 13,197 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Red Dwarf Lesson B2-C1

Movie Worksheet: Red Dwarf Lesson B2-C1

Jeremy Wysakowski-Walters
This lesson provides both some comic relief from the tedium of course books as well as comprehension and speaking practice. The worksheet must be used in conjunction with episode one of Red Dwarf, ...
1 Views 6,423 Adv

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