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ESOL listening practice materials for English language learners. Prepared by ‘one of the best writers of language learner materials in English'. All levels including IELTS, FCE, GCSE etc. Linked worksheets and other learning resources can be found here: https://esolepacks.com/
 
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Three Men in a Boat Adapted from Jerome K Jerome comedy classic Three friends go on a boating holiday on the River Thames. Everything goes wrong. In this episode they rent a punt - a special boat for shallow rivers. You steer a punt with a special pole - see the man in the photo above. Listening: Quick Check: True or False A punt is a small boat Yo…
 
Reading & listening comprehension Language Level: CEFr A2/B1 (lower intermediate) Before Listening Look at the image above. What do you think is happening? Choose from: a) A woman is stealing a motorbike b) A man on a motorbike is stealing a bag from a woman. a) A man is kidnapping a woman Watch this short video clip. What happens? What do you thin…
 
Football Rules The modern game began in English schools. They all played under different rules (A2-B1) Reading A2-B1 Reading Worksheet: The First Football Rules * Answers Before Listening B1-2 Each football team starts a game eleven players. Only the goalkeeper can touch the ball with his/her hand(s). Do you know the names of three other positions …
 
Pants Suit US judge claims $65 million for lost trousers. Taken from Comic Stories English Language level: Intermediate: CEFR B1+ sale Classic Comic Stories (B1) Sale Price:0.00 Original Price:2.99 Matching Exercise A Washington judge takes his best trouser to his local dry-cleaners. It does not go well! Reading Worksheet English Language level: In…
 
Free download - complete adapted version Photo by Fernando Puente on Unsplash Denver, 1918 A young journalist meets a soldier waiting to go the war in Europe. They fall in love. Then she falls ill Before Reading (B1) Listen to the beginning of the story and answer these question. Who is Miranda happy to see? Why is he happy? Where do they meet? Whe…
 
The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson (CEFr B1-2) Fettes turned towards us. ‘You don’t know how dangerous that man Macfarlane is!’ he said. ‘What I am going to tell you must never leave this room.’ Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher is based on a 'grave robbing' scandal in 1820s Edinburgh. Read Part 1 here Complete text, audio & activ…
 
The Great Plague of London (1665) was perhaps the most significant medical emergency in English history. A Journal of the Plague Year opens with the unnamed narrator reporting alarming news arriving from Europe. Presentation: The Great Plague of London - Outbreak Quick Quiz - how much can you remember? Worksheet: St Giles * Answers Language level: …
 
The Listeners "Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door The Listeners by Walter de la Mare (1912) is a classic narrative ‘ghost poem’. My adapted version stays close to the original. Language level: strong A2 and above The evocative image by Anne E.G. Nydam will also help with comprehension. Lesson Activity Ask stud…
 
Man Size in Marble A halloween ghost story. A young couple move to a small English village the country. They rent a pretty cottage - built on the ruins of an old house. Every night the couple visit a beautiful local church. Inside there are two marble statues. Why do these statues frighten the local people? Listen to Part 1 of Man Size in Marble by…
 
About Surgery Modern surgery requires great skill and a sterile environment Before Watching Think about these questions What is surgery? Who performs surgery? Where? Why do surgeons wear masks and special gowns. Listening (B2) Listen to this extended description of modern surgery. Complete this worksheet. (teaching notes here) Surgical Skills (B2) …
 
Raining Cows? An unexpected road hazard Reading Activity The title of the story you are going to read is 'Raining Cows'. Look at the picture. What do you think the story is about? Write down five words you expect to read. Complete this worksheet English Language level: Intermediate: CEFR B1+ sale Did that really happen? (B1) Sale Price:0.00 Origina…
 
World Cup 1966 The most famous game in English football history. (A2-B1) Before Watching The 1966 World Cup Final is the most famous football match in English football history. Watch this video and answer these questions. Where was the game held? Which team played in red? Who were they playing? Who was the England coach or manager a) Bobby Moore b)…
 
Fun Facts About Hawaii Before Watching/Listening Write down three things you know about Hawaii. Watch/Listen once Watch/Listen again & answer the questions below: Language Level: Intermediate/B1-2/FCE 1. What is the capital of Hawaii? 2. What are the official state languages? 3. Which fruit does Hawaii grow most? Listen to two teenagers talking abo…
 
How much do you know about your bones? How many bones you think are there in the human body? a) 10-50 b) 50-150 c) 150-200 c) More than 200 Watch this short presentation once - without taking notes!. Then try this quiz Try this reading worksheet Audio only version More medical materials here sale Doctors (B1+) Sale Price:0.00 Original Price:5.99 sa…
 
Dark blue: US states where English is an official language. Light blue is where there are two official languages (Louisiana - French & English, New Mexico - Spanish & English, Hawaii - Hawaiian & English). See also map at external site here Watch/listen Complete this worksheet. Higher levels (IELTs/FCE) should complete with audio only (below). sale…
 
Chapter 4 Jack and his mother open the dead captain's chest. The pirates are close behind them. Worksheet * Answers Listening: English language level CEFr B2 Treasure Island (B1) Sale Price:1.99 Original Price:4.99 Classic Robert Louis Stevenson adventure story abridged & adapted for young adults & English language learners. Complete illustrated & …
 
Watch this preview for an old film of The Prisoner of Zenda Which of these words do you not expect to see? sword * castle * helicopter * moat * queen * rescue Now read the first chapter of the book The Prisoner of Zenda and/or listen (below) Which of these words do you not expect to read? sale The Prisoner of Zenda (A2) Sale Price:0.00 Original Pri…
 
Genbaku Peace Dome, Hiroshima Before Listening You are going to listen to the story of Tsutomu Yamaguch. Mr Yamaguchi was on a business trip in early August, 1945. Can you guess which one of these words you will not hear: meeting, boss, hospital, station, pilot, bandages, burns Now listen and complete this Worksheet * Answers sale Fred and Rita (A2…
 
Ringing Bells - Part 2 Ding Dong Dave is ready to ring the church bells for the big wedding. What could possibly go wrong? Before listening You are going to hear the final part of Ringing Bells (Part One). First complete this worksheet about idioms using church bells. Classic Comic Stories (B1) Sale Price:0.00 Original Price:2.99…
 
A Chronometer? Why sailors needed a very accurate ‘portable timepiece’ Before Listening Look a this section of a globe. Why are there horizontal and vertical lines with numbers? What do the numbers measure? For who are these measurements important? Listen to this short talk on one of the key innovations in sea safety & navigation. Complete the work…
 
Family Fortune? A rich businessman dies with no money in the bank. So where is his cash? Before Listening Worksheet: What is a will? Answers Now watch/listen to the first part of a true story. Listen to the full story below Complete this worksheet Check your Answers Classic Comic Stories (B1) Sale Price:0.00 Original Price:2.99…
 
Brown bears don’t do social distancing Before Listening You are going to hear a story about brown bear and a hunter. 1. a) Where brown bears live? b) What do they eat? c) How big are they? Before you listen to the complete Bear Hug - Part One 2. a) What does a hunter do? b) where do people hunt? In this story there are these things: 1 bear * 2 men …
 
What happened to the richest man on the Titanic? Worksheet New: Lifeboats on the Titanic (listening presentation+activity) Mary Celeste Teaching Pack Sale Price:1.99 Original Price:4.99 A deserted ship is found drifting in the sea. The captain and the crew have disappeared ... Extensive learning materials exploring one the great maritime mysteries.…
 
Grave Robbers 1829, Edinburgh. Dr Knox (Mr K in The Body Snatcher) is an eminent surgeon. His name is famous across the world. Every week he teaches a popular anatomy class. For this he needs a regular supply of cadavers or bodies. And these are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. So Dr Knox turns to two criminals, Liam Burke and William Har…
 
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