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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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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 352 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 374 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 2,714 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 3,066 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 4,947 BegElem
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"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 7,179 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 4,502 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 6,071 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 4,588 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 8,740 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 8,292 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 13,649 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 10,565 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 76,836 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 19,592 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 8,012 Elem
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 11,457 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 20,419 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 8,058 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 9,194 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 11,151 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: 3402)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 19,669 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 24,366 IntAdvExam
'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

Raquel Mendez
perfect_ed-sheeran.pdf [32.11 Kb] (Count: 9994)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 49,639 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 17,065 IntAdv

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