Criteria for listing a site on this page
- it has to provide useful content
- it has to work in Mozilla browsers (e.g. Firefox)
- it has to load fairly quickly
- it can’t have annoying adverts that get in the way of the content
- it can’t be too ugly (why are so many English learning sites so UGLY?)
Many of these sites use Real Media. If you think Real Player is Evil, you can download Real Alternative and Media Player Classic. It is excellent!
Featured English Podcast
Video – listen and watch
EFL Videos.com: The Better@English collection of free English teaching and learning videos. We scour the internet for the best ESL, EFL and ELT videos so you won’t have to. New videos are added every day.
A huge collection of free EFL, ESL, TESOL, and TEFL videos of all types.
English Movie Trailers
Movie video trailers with exercises. The user interface SUCKS but if you spend some time figuring it out, you’ll have fun and learn a lot of English from the engaging movie trailers.
Hear native speakers having conversations on many different topics. Transcripts and quizzes provided.
Behind the News
Australian educational video webcasts from Australia’s ABC-TV. Transcripts available. Designed for children, but the topics are interesting for adults as well.
Yahoo News UK
So far, no ads. No extra activities, but lots of short videos of engaging news stories.
The directory of available videos at CNN. So far the ads aren’t that bad. Lots of resources here for you to practice your listening comprehension.
CNN Video Podcasts
Video podcasts at CNN – lots of news and stories to help you practice your English listening.
BBC Video Nation
Short video clips on all kinds of topics.
BBC Comedy clips
Video clips from various BBC comedy series – laugh and learn!
BBC Film network
A collection of short films in various genres. Some of excellent quality. No exercises – just watch, listen, enjoy and learn.
Australia Network – Living English
Excellent videos, exercises and learning materials about general English – for beginning to intermediate learners
Australia Network – The business of English
Excellent videos, exercises and learning materials about Business English – for intermediate to advanced learners
English language audio and podcasts
Some of these have video as well
Yahoo Podcast directory of EFL (ESL) Podcasts
Search for podcasts about learning English. Try searching for these search terms:
ESL, EFL, ELT, learning English, English Lessons, etc.
Podcast directory at the British Council. Varied topics, transcripts available (PDF format). At the site you’ll also find quizzes and exercises.
Voice of America – Special English.
News and stories in Special English. Special English is English that is simplified and read slowly. Lots of great listening material here and many transcripts.
Podcasts at CNN – lots of news and stories to help you practice your English listening.
Breaking News English
Listening, exercises, and even lesson plans for teachers. Updated fairly regularly with current news stories.
BBC World Service – Learning English Home page.
Something for everyone – videos, listening, business and general English, grammar. Many listening activities have transcripts you can download so you read along as you listen.
Short readings from Penguin readers. Transcripts and fact sheets available.
NPR (National Public Radio, USA)
A wide variety of news, reports and broadcasts. Unfortunately they use Real Audio format, but their content makes it worth worth downloading and installing Real Alternative.
The BBC Online offers several different channels to listen to. Wide range of topics from news to talk radio to entertainment and more!