2,950 FREE Listening Worksheets
BusyTeacher Home » Listening

FREE Listening Worksheets

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!

Filter by Level
NEW
  • Complete Beginner (273)
  • Elementary (1178)
  • Pre-Intermediate (1643)
  • Intermediate (1531)
  • Upper-Intermediate Advanced (879)
  • Exam Level (185)
  • Suitable for All Levels (121)
Clear filters
Filter
Dramatically improve the way you teach:

Make A Word Search:

Create awesome-looking custom word searches in seconds!

Make A Word Scramble:

Instantly create custom word/sentence scrambles for your class!

Make A Double Puzzle:

Generate double puzzles your students will love - hours of fun!

ESL Articles
Rate this Category
4.3 out of 5, rated by 24 teachers
Sort by: Most Recent | Most Viewed | Rating
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 132 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 120 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 885 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 789 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 1,047 Pre-IntInt
Put BusyTeacher in your inbox

Sign up for the BusyTeacher Weekly and be the first to get direct links to our latest teaching articles, worksheets and lesson plans. Goes out to 323,134 subscribers every Wednesday.
See last week's issue.

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 4,085 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 4,714 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 6,500 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 2,889 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 3,805 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 3,255 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 1,949 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 2,925 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 1,699 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 2,238 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 2,443 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 8,452 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 3,813 Elem
Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation – TED Talk Worksheet

Dan Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation – TED Talk Worksheet

  This is a 4-page intermediate worksheet is to accompany Dan Pink's TED Talk on Motivation. It includes discussion questions, diagrams and images to illustrate the concepts. Begin with as ...
1 Views 7,375 IntAdv
Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Claudia Fiuza
  There are four different exercises on this song worksheet to practice parts of speech. They include opposites, verb tenses (simple present, simple past, and simple future), and translati ...
1 Views 2,423 Pre-IntInt
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 2,500 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 5,018 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 2,272 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 1,667 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 2,884 ElemPre-IntInt

Got a great worksheet on Listening? Tell us about it and become a BusyTeacher contributor!

Submit a Worksheet