Advanced C1 listening · B2 · C1 · Idioms

Listening Advanced C1: Do We Really Need the Moon?

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There has been a lot of talk about the moon lately because fifty years ago man set foot on it.  There also seems to be a lot of debate related to whether this actually happened or if it was merely propaganda due to the Space Race. Aware as I am that this information will most probably remain a mystery as well as providing a nice subject for an English class debate, I’ve used a video from BBC Earth to explore the topics of Science and Technology and The Natural World within the subject of space travel/exploration because this is one of the possible questions you could be required to deal with in a speaking test.

As an introduction, we’re going to see some idioms that use the words ‘moon and stars’. Afterwards, as a second step, I’ve posted an activity where you can try to predict some of the reasons why the moon is important for life on earth. A third step implies watching a video and doing a true/false activity related to the information you extract. But we’re not going to finish here, instead we’re going to listen to the same video again (although much more carefully this time), to develop listening strategies for very specific words you hear in the video as this activity is a filling the gap one.

Pre-intermediate A2 listening activity

Listening Pre-intermediate A2: British homes

What’s your home like?

Here is a listening activity about British homes for Basic levels of English.

The video is from you the Youtuber’s channel, Long Tommy The video belongs to OUP and is one of the series of Windows on Britain. The use of this video is exclusively for educational purposes.

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Intermediate B1 listening activity

Listening Intermediate B1: The Safest Places in the World

Here’s a video that aims to practise comparative/superlative forms and words related to the topic of the environment, crime and health.

If you enjoy it, a little feedback is more than welcome 🙂

The video is from RealLifeLore on Youtube

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Learning English with songs

Listening Upper intermediate B2: Five Finger Death Punch – Wrong Side Of Heaven

Those that know me well know how much I hate unfair situations, war, greed, etc. For this ‘learning English with songs’ activity I have chosen this powerful song by Five Finger Death Punch (those that know me also know how much I love all types of rock music!). This song is about how veterans of war feel when returning home, with deep feelings of guilt and needing psychological treatment (at the least!), only to encounter a country that has turned its back on them. Thus, this song denounces one of the many destructive effects that war has on people’s lives.

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culture · Intermediate B1 listening activity

Listening Intermediate B1 :Why Countries Don’t Use Purple on Their Flags

Ever wondered why purple doesn’t appear on flags, or why there are always four strawberry flavoured yogurts in a packet of eight? I can’t explain the second question, but here’s a really interesting video that explains the reason why countries traditionally didn’t use purple on their national flags. The video is from After Skool Youtube channel. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

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