Auditory Training Resources and Sites

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.

Aesop Fables

Assistive Media

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.

Story Nory

Story Plus…

Tellitagain Children’s Stories

Web Sites for Independent Listening Practice

White House speeches on the radio

Updated: December 6, 2007