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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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Loneliness/Isolation Listening Activity

Loneliness/Isolation Listening Activity

This socially relevant activity is designed for teenagers who are willing to reflect on the side effects of isolation. No other app is needed. It can be complemented with a short writing activity ...
1 Views 511 IntAdv
Movies Vocabulary - Genres

Movies Vocabulary - Genres

EvgeniaM
This short exercise is intended to help those teachers who want to make the lessons more interesting basing on the student's hobbies - in this case, movies. The worksheet includes one page with a ...
1 Views 820 BegElemPre-Int
Talking about Food - Listening Comprehension

Talking about Food - Listening Comprehension

Jeff Genet
A fantastic lesson for explaining vocabulary and expressions to talk about food. This lesson is linked to an animated video to help put things into context. There is a second video that is a voca ...
1 Views 3,691 BegElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple Lesson Worksheet

Present Simple Lesson Worksheet

Jeff Genet
This fun lesson contains a link to an animated video that was made specifically for ESL/EFL students to learn how to form the present simple tense. Extremely fun and contextualized explanations a ...
1 Views 3,406 BegElemPre-Int
Everyday Activities Worksheet

Everyday Activities Worksheet

Jeff Genet
A super fun and engaging lesson plan with an animated video for students to watch. After watching the video, students complete the questions, grammar and vocabulary activities. A powerful resourc ...
1 Views 9,578 BegElemPre-Int
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Loneliness - A Video Lesson

Loneliness - A Video Lesson

This 45-60 minute lesson is based on a really insightful animated video. It raises awareness about loneliness, its causes, and possbile ways to fight it. The video has several parts, and there ar ...
1 Views 4,665 IntAdvExam
Why do we say OK?

Why do we say OK?

Barbora
Have you ever wondered where OK came from? Watch the youTube video "Why do we say OK" to find out. And while you're watching it, try to answer very easy questions from the worksheet, OK? The wor ...
1 Views 4,374 Pre-IntInt
Corona Conversations: A Better You

Corona Conversations: A Better You

Pocket Passport
A conversation and lesson about getting in shape while stuck inside. A YouTube video with vocabulary, expressions and conversation starters to talk about the current global pandemic. Being produc ...
2 Views 11,051 All
Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

DIANA CASTRO
This worksheet is useful when working with younger children. It's visual. No words. The idea is to captivate student's interest and work on vocabulary and comprehension activities after watching ...
1 Views 23,080 Elem
Handout Pride and Prejudice with Answers

Handout Pride and Prejudice with Answers

This handout is for the 2005 movie based on the book, Pride & Prejudice. This worksheet has listed vocabulary and definitions for each of four scenes. There are a few questions for each scene ...
1 Views 8,131 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
WIDA and ACCESS Testing: What You Need to Know

WIDA and ACCESS Testing: What You Need to Know

Many teachers, especially those new to WIDA and/or ESL teaching, are often overwhelmed and intimidated by the WIDA standards and ACCESS testing. In this article, we attempt to break down the mai ...
1 Views 18,703 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart Worksheet

Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
I just love the song Nothing Breaks Like a Heart - Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson and I had to do a worksheet. There are different while-listening activites (order the lines, choose the correct word ...
1 Views 16,370 ElemPre-IntInt
Frosty the Snowman (1969) Worksheet

Frosty the Snowman (1969) Worksheet

This 26 minute Frosty the Snowman animated video is a classic from 1969. This worksheet is for pre-intermediate and up. It's in eight parts with each part's approximate start and end time listed. ...
1 Views 14,367 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: I Heard it through the Grapevine

Song Worksheet: I Heard it through the Grapevine

Samuel Hull
This is a worksheet to go with the song "I Heard it through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Includes the following tasks while listening to the song: - Putting the lines in order - Finding the m ...
1 Views 10,186 Pre-IntInt
The History of Thanksgiving Lesson

The History of Thanksgiving Lesson

chocolate addict
This is designed for a two-hour class. I first use the quiz to see what the students know about Thanksgiving. Then they read the text and work on the questions. At the end, we work on the two sho ...
1 Views 15,376 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

First, students have to guess/look up the meaning of some words connected to Halloween or scary things. Then they have to complete the lyrics of the theme song of The Addams Family with those wor ...
1 Views 9,118 All
ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS | Topic: Physical Beauty

ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS | Topic: Physical Beauty

Robbie - EnglishTeacher
Don't stress about lesson preparation! My 1 HOUR lessons use short English TV video clips and cover speaking, listening, vocabulary and comprehension. Download the lesson for classroom use. All ...
1 Views 26,807 Pre-IntIntAdv
Bad Habits Lesson Plan

Bad Habits Lesson Plan

Asmaa Zedan
This worksheet provides an example of a lesson plan for a vocabulary lesson titled "bad habits". It includes a detailed description of the activities that can be conducted in this lesson. This wo ...
1 Views 15,230 IntAdv
Song Worksheet - Smile

Song Worksheet - Smile

kristine44
This is a worksheet about the lovely song: “SMILE” by Nat King Cole. There is a link to watch the video with the lyrics and the song. I’ve made several exercises: blanks exercis ...
1 Views 22,495 ElemPre-IntInt
A Good Teacher is...

A Good Teacher is...

Ayotomi Fasuyi
It is a poster that details the qualities of a good teacher. I hope every teacher finds it a useful reminder of the attributes we must possess. I have it pasted on my notice board so I can always ...
1 Views 11,722 All
ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS

ESL TV Clip Lesson | FRIENDS

Robbie - EnglishTeacher
   Don't stress about lesson preparation! My 1 HOUR lessons use short English TV video clips and cover speaking, listening, vocabulary and comprehension. Download the lesson for cl ...
1 Views 22,550 Pre-IntIntAdv
Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

Anastasiia
The video introduces the basics of insurance, students get familiar with key words to discuss the types of insurance and the risks they can be insured against. The worksheet can be used in Genera ...
1 Views 6,651 Int
Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Nadia Ramos
This version of the song uses three different listening comprehension strategies. The teacher needs to be aware and explain each part to students so they won't get lost. I recommend teachers to d ...
1 Views 21,524 ElemPre-IntInt
Health and Nutrition. Is Gluten Really Bad for You?

Health and Nutrition. Is Gluten Really Bad for You?

Anastasiia
The tasks are aimed at pre-intermediate and intermediate students and are based on the video. Worksheet focuses on developing listening comprehension and provides Ukranian vocabulary translation ...
1 Views 10,857 Pre-IntInt

SONG: I Can See Clearly Now

Guilherme G Tidon
This is a very simple song and activity which contains vocabulary about weather, as well as some use of 'can' and 'going to' (informally contracted as 'gonna'). There are also some adjectives and ...
1 Views 23,067 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv

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