Here are resources for practicing listening skills. The one I have been using most is Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Labs. If I am missing anything, add it to the comments or contact me. You can also search for more read aloud stories, read along stories, and listening practice.
Podcasting’s popularity has led to a boom in free audio files for downloading and syndicating. However, these are usually home-produced and may not be the best quality and speakers may talk too fast. If a specific subject or hobby interests you, then it can be a way to practicing listening to something you love and recognizing terms. Robin Good’s Latest News has a long list of places for finding and submitting podcasts.
Audio Books for Free
Basic English Class Listening Practice Page
The English Listening Lounge
English Pronouncing Dictionary with sound
Exploratorium’s Listen: Making Sense of Sound
Grimm Fairy Tales
Learn Out Loud
Medline Plus: Interactive Health Tutorials
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Labs
Read Along Adventures
Read along stories
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
RIF Reading Planet: Read aloud stories
Speech Accent Archive
Speak and Spell
I had a Speak and Spell, although I don’t know that it was meant for me to practice listening skills, but it was useful for that.
Tellitagain Children’s Stories
Web Sites for Independent Listening Practice
White House speeches on the radio
Updated: December 6, 2007