RECOMMENDED LISTENING… RADIO GARDEN

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Do you want to know what’s being played on the radio in England right now? Well, thanks to a website called Radio Garden you can hear radio from there, and almost everywhere else in the world.

The website takes the form of an interactive globe that can be rotated to pick up transmissions from every corner of the planet, clips from radio history and stories from listeners in different locations.

While it allows you to listen to radio from around the world, it’s so exhaustive you’ll probably find stations you didn’t know existed in your own city

 

In the section Live, you can explore a world or radio as it is happening right now. Tune into any place on the globe. What sounds familiar? What sounds foreign? Where would you like to travel and what sounds like ‘home’?

In the section on History  you can tune into clips from throughout radio history that show how radio has tried to cross borders. How have people tried to translate their nations into the airwaves? What did they say to the world? How do they engage in conversation across linguistic and geographical barriers?

Jingles offers a world-wide crash course in station identification. How do stations signal within a fraction of a second what kind of programmes you are likely to hear? How do they project being joyful, trustworthy, or up to the minute?

Finally, one can listen to radio Stories where listeners past and present tell how they listen beyond their walls. How do they imagine the voices and sounds from around they globe?

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PODCASTS AND APPS (FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND MORE ADVANCED LEARNERS)

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BRITISH COUNCIL ELEMENTARY PODCASTS AND APPS

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MORE PODCAST SITES…

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…APPS

IF YOU CLICK ON THE IMAGES YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF APPS FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE!!!

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TRY “TEST YOUR ENGLISH” FOR ELEMENTARY (includes reading, listening and others)

(YOU WILL SEE OTHER LEVELS AVAILABLE)

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OTHER PODCASTS AND APPS

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RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SUMMER

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Looking for ways to improve your English this summer? Here’s a website that will keep you busy for a few weeks. It contains real spontaneous English videos from beginner to advanced level plus ejercises for each video. CLICK ON THE LOGO BELOW:

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RECOMMENDATION – NEWS IN LEVELS

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Excellent website for elementary to intermediate students, with news items in three different levels. Each item includes text and audio.

There is also a SKYPE section, where you can sign up to practise your English online with students from around the world. 

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Click on image to go to website:news in levels

The Case for Optimism on Climate Change

Al Gore’s electrifying, optimistic (!) take on climate change

Last week, Al Gore rocked TED with one of the most electrifying talks on our planet’s future you’ll ever hear. He asks three questions about climate change: Do we have to change? (Oh, yes we do; stunning stats and some jawdropping footage help make his case.) Second question: Can we change? And here’s the surprising part: We’ve already started. So then, he asks the big question: Will we change? In this challenging, inspiring talk, Gore says yes: “We’re going to win this.” If you’ve got climate-change fatigue, feeling helpless and hopeless — take the time to watch this rousing talk on the state of Earth right now.

LISTENING HELP FOR THAT’S ENGLISH STUDENTS

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HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH YOUR LISTENING SKILLS?

THE FOLLOWING LINKS MAY BE OF HELP TO PRACTISE FOR YOUR EXAM.

THE LINKS INCLUDE EXERCISES FROM VARIOUS LEVELS, SO CHOOSE CAREFULLY.

BULLET2  ESL-LOUNGE: (pre-intermediate)
BULLET2 ENGLISH TEST STORE – You may need to register to hear all of the exercises. It’s free        and safe!

BULLET2 Listen and Fill in the Gap of a Sentence – Easy Tests

BULLET2 Fill in the Gap of a Sentence – Medium Tests

BULLET2 English test store  Try the easy and medium levels – True/False exercises
BULLET2 Short talks– multiple choice
BULLET2 English Aula – Cambridge PET listening exams online (Los que están en rojo son
      gratuitos)
BULLET2Helendipity (A page of links I prepared last year for That’s English students.)

I hope they help you!​

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TTS – TEXT TO SPEECH – PRONUNCIATION HELP

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Many of you have difficulty with English pronunciation. It isn’t just the individual words, but the rhythm and intonation of the English language, which is so different from Spanish.

The following website is a Text To Speech tool. Just type a short text, like this paragraph, choose a voice and listen.  I recommend Rachel’s or Graham’s voice.  But you can try all the British English voices.

The speech you hear is not perfect, but it will help you. Maximum text length is 300 characters.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO GO TO “ACAPELA”

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