Academic Listening and Speaking

To improve your listening skills you need to practice regularly. Here are some resources to help.

Listening Practice & Resources

British Council’s Listen and Watch Page is one of the best resources for practicing English listening.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab has many listening tests, grouped by level.

The University of North Carolina has a page of Academic Listening Strategies.

English Central is a freemium site (offering a certain amount of free content with an optional paid subscription) that offers videos followed by exercises to test comprehension and pronunciation.

5-Minute English has a page of links to listening exercises.

Speaking Practice & Resources

Here are some resources brought to you by the English Language Centre:

10 Tips for Effective Oral Presentation Delivery

Checklist for Oral Presentations

Developing Oral Presentations

Useful Language for Conversations and Debate

Useful Language for Presenting and Countering Arguments

The University of North Carolina has a page about Academic Discussion Strategies. offers several resources on American English pronunciation.

Many Things (“Interesting Things for ESL Students”) also offers a page for American English pronunciation practice, plus many other activities and exercises covering various English language skills.

Splendid Speaking offers some excellent speaking resources, including speaking guides for popular English speaking exams. You can try some for free, but continued use requires a paid subscription.