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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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Thanksgiving – What is it?

Thanksgiving – What is it?

Jeff Genet
  This lesson teaches vocabulary and expressions about American Thanksgiving. The language has been graded as 70% A1, 16% A2, making it ideal for every level and comprehension. It helps pr ...
1 Views 3,983 All
The History of Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes Night

The History of Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes Night

Anastasiia
This worksheet helps students to develop listening comprehension. Students learn about the history of Guy Fawkes Night with the help of short videos. The worksheet includes vocabulary focus, a ...
1 Views 3,100 Pre-IntInt
The Ant & The Cricket Questions And Discussion

The Ant & The Cricket Questions And Discussion

Olena Sharapova
  A comprehension based on The Ant & The Cricket fable, this exercise promotes discussion. You can obtain the DVD, or students can watch the video on YouTube. The tense used in the car ...
1 Views 3,846 ElemPre-Int
History of Halloween

History of Halloween

Anastasiia
  This listening and speaking worksheet helps students to develop listening comprehension. Students learn about the history and traditions of Halloween with the help of short videos. It in ...
1 Views 4,970 Pre-IntInt
Smart Home Explained

Smart Home Explained

Anastasiia
  This worksheet introduces the concept of the smart home. The tasks are based on the video that explains what new devices are available and what benefits or drawbacks they have. Students ...
1 Views 23,258 Pre-IntInt
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Listening Activities: Working with Songs

Listening Activities: Working with Songs

DIANA CASTRO
  This worksheet can be used as a warm-up activity, after a recess, or just because you want to have fun in class. It contains activities to complete the lyrics of the song 'Nothing Breaks ...
1 Views 4,281 Adv
The changing face of tourism

The changing face of tourism

Anastasiia
  The worksheet focuses on tourism and traveling habits. Students find out what nations travel most often and learn about popular destinations for international tourists. The activity help ...
1 Views 2,830 Pre-IntInt
Once in a while song worksheet

Once in a while song worksheet

Samuel Ekundayo Taiwo
  This song worksheet can be used for any student, from beginner to advanced. It includes fill-in-the gap exercises and putting the song lines in order. It will also help students to evalu ...
1 Views 2,425 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Movies Vocabulary +

Movies Vocabulary + "13 Reasons Why" Matching activity

EvgeniaM
  This worksheet contains movie vocabulary intended to help those teachers who want to make their lessons more interesting by focusing on their student's hobbies, in this case, movies and ...
1 Views 3,826 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: My Favorite Shirt (vocabulary: clothes)

Song Worksheet: My Favorite Shirt (vocabulary: clothes)

Alan Smith Robertson
  “My Favorite Shirt” is a song written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice CLOTHES. The lyrics include TWENTY (20) items of clothing: underpants, shorts, jean ...
1 Views 2,842 Pre-IntInt
Something just like this song worksheet

Something just like this song worksheet

Kseniya
  In this Pre-intermediate song worksheet, students work with the song "Something just like this" by the Chainsmokers where they think back on and consider some superheroes and their power ...
1 Views 2,911 ElemPre-Int
Olympic Games – Logo design history

Olympic Games – Logo design history

Anastasiia
  The worksheet focuses on the history of Olympic rings, their design and significance. The activity is organized around a video and focuses on developing listening comprehension. Tasks in ...
1 Views 2,991 Pre-IntInt
Vaccines: What's in a vaccine and what does it do to your body?

Vaccines: What's in a vaccine and what does it do to your body?

Anastasiia
  This worksheet includes listening and speaking and helps students to develop listening comprehension. It includes vocabulary focus, listening for general comprehension, listening for det ...
1 Views 6,315 Pre-IntInt
NATO: Brief History and Mission

NATO: Brief History and Mission

Anastasiia
  The task is based on the video explaining the key functions of NATO today and introducing the history of the organization. Vocabulary assignments focus on collocations and dependent pre ...
1 Views 5,738 Pre-IntInt
Inner Workings Video Worksheet

Inner Workings Video Worksheet

Maria Sol Manuli
  The activities in this worksheet are based on the short film "Inner workings". The activities were made to practice the "present simple" and vocabulary related to a daily routine. Other ...
1 Views 8,395 BegElemPre-Int
ROAD SAFETY: Successful Road Safety Changes in Sweden

ROAD SAFETY: Successful Road Safety Changes in Sweden

Anastasiia
  The worksheet focuses on the vocabulary describing road safety rules. The activity is organized around the video that explains the successful initiative to improve road safety in Sweden. ...
1 Views 3,990 Pre-IntInt
Adore You by Harry Styles

Adore You by Harry Styles

BusyTeacher Contributor
  This music worksheet will help improve students' listening skills. The teacher can explain the story both before and after the song is listened to. It also introduces a fantasy, which ca ...
1 Views 5,924 Pre-IntInt
Best of You – Foo Fighters Song Worksheet

Best of You – Foo Fighters Song Worksheet

Silvia C.
  Students listen to the song Best of you by Foo Fighters on YouTube and complete the fill-in-the gaps exercises. This song worksheet can also be used as an alternative comprehension activ ...
1 Views 5,080 IntAdv
SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

Igor de Oliveira Poty
  This worksheet is based on the song Landslide from Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics match The Chicks version better as they are easier to understand. Students listen to and watch the video and ...
1 Views 3,488 Pre-IntIntAdv
Swan Song by Dua Lipa

Swan Song by Dua Lipa

BusyTeacher Contributor
  Students listen to the video of Swan Song by Dua Lipa, work on their listening skills and examine the importance of speaking their minds. This worksheet includes a variety of activities ...
1 Views 5,111 ElemPre-Int
Maps, Central Europe and History

Maps, Central Europe and History

Anastasiia
This worksheet introduces the historical and political changes in Central Europe and can be used to teach history and geography-related modules. The activity is organized around the video that ...
1 Views 2,594 IntAdv
Old Song for School Subjects

Old Song for School Subjects

blanca aragón
  This song (What a) Wonderful World by Sam Cooke is a fun way to link, in this case, school subjects with real life. It can also be used as a warming-up activity. Students listen to the s ...
1 Views 3,687 Beg
Chumbawumba – Timebomb – Song gap-fill Exercise

Chumbawumba – Timebomb – Song gap-fill Exercise

Richard Hayward
  This song worksheet on Chumbawumba – Timebomb, is a gap-fill exercise suitable for Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels. There is a Lesson Plan  ...
1 Views 3,234 IntAdv
Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Tammy Cohen Dadon
  This listening comprehension activity is a fill-in-the-blank assignment. Students listen to and watch the video then answer the questions using the words from the word bank. It includes ...
1 Views 10,848 IntAdvExam

"Something Stupid" Song Worksheet

Phil Raymond
  This is a listening activity for elementary learners based on a section of the New English File Elementary book, page 19. This was made for those who perhaps have never tried listening t ...
1 Views 5,209 Elem

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