Practise your listening skills with these audio resources:
An excellent podcast for elementary students. Follow Tess and Ravi in real situations and practise useful English. You can also download the “Support Pack” with exercises and written texts. Click here to go to the download page.
An excellent podcast for those wishing to travel to or live in the UK or for anyone who is just interested in what living in the UK is like. The podcast is aimed at intermediate-advanced learners of English and each episode comes with a downloadable “Support Pack”. Click here to go to the download page.
An opportunity to hear people from different countries or places in the UK talking about things that interest them. The podcast is aimed at students with an intermediate-advanced level. It’s a good opportunity for you to listen to a variety of accents and expand your vocabulary. This series of podcasts also comes with a downloadable “Support Pack”. Click here to go to the download page.
Big City, Small World is an audio soap opera specifically for English learners. The soap is set in London but has characters from all over the world. Follow the lives of a group of people who all meet up in a London cafe. The soap is for intermediate-advanced learners and, like most British Council podcasts, comes with a downloadable “Support Pack” and online exercises. Click here to go to the download page.
This podcast for Intermediate-Advanced learners of English is a collection of stories and poems by famous and not-so-famous writers. Each story comes with accompanying “Support Pack” and online exercises. Click here to go to the download page.
“Professionals” is a podcast focused on improving your English for work and business. It covers many themes typically encountered in a professional environment. It is specifically for people learning English for work purposes and with an intermediate-advanced level. Click here to go to the download page.
“Grammar Challenge” is a podcast recorded in an English classroom with real students. Each episode deals with a specific grammar point and comes with a downloadable pdf file explaining the grammar involved. There is a big archive of past episodes. The podcast is aimed at intermediate-advanced students. Click here to go to the download page.
“6 Minute English” is an opportunity for you to listen to clips from authentic English radio programmes. The 6 minute podcast is aimed at intermediate-advanced learners of English and comes with an online vocabulary guide. There is a large archive of previous programmes. Click here to go to the download page.
This podcast is primarily for advanced learners and concerns itself with the etymology or history of certain words and phrases in common spoken English today. If you want to learn authentic, natural British English and already have a good level, this podcast is for you. Click here to go to the download page.
The BBC’s “Words in the News” series takes a look at current vocabulary in use across the BBC’s news reporting services. The site is updated frequently with current news articles and comes complete with video/audio, and downloadable resources. It is suitable for all learners of English with an intermediate level or above. Click here to go to downloads page.
The Business English Pod is an archive of podcasts specifically for everyday business situations. It offers a subscription service with extra features but the podcasts are free to download. It is for learners of business English with an intermediate level or above. Click here to go to downloads page.
The BBC IPlayer is a web console that offers anybody the opportunity to stream recent BBC radio programmes. It is a fantastic tool for people who want to expose themselves to a variety of audio texts in English. The radio pages are available worldwide while the TV player can only be viewed from a UK IP address. There’s something for everyone. Choose the content you want and enjoy!. Click here to go to streaming page.
A podcast for people who use English as a Second Language (ESL) in their work environment and are trying to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux discuss business stories making the news around the world. For students interested in English for Business. Click here to go to streaming page.
A Podcast from the BBC which introduces a new phrasal verb in context in each episode. This podcast is a great resource for anyone studying for Cambridge exams or students interested in achieving greater fluency. Click here to go to streaming page.