The listening paper includes different styles, accents and forms. This blog post will provide the best websites to improve your IELTS Listening Score.
We have gone over a few examples in our blogs, but these are websites you can use on-the-go and are meant to be fun…
Before that, it might be a good idea to start listening and watching things in English to increase your vocabulary, grammatical skills and, most importantly, your interest.
Nobody wants to get bored when studying, do they?
So how to keep entertained when thinking about phrasal verbs or forming a 1st conditional?
Here are our Top 5 Best Websites for improving your English…
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YouTube is a favourite due to the wide range of free materials available.
‘It is an online video sharing and social media platform owned by Google. Around the world, its users watch more than one billion hours of videos each day.’
You can search for music, TV programmes, channels and more. Try searching for your interests in English. See what comes up. Falling into a YouTube hole for hours is completely fine if it’s homework related! So there must be something you’ll find interesting…
This one is cheating a bit, as it’s mainly for you readers out there, but it also has a great podcast library. It’s one of our favourites – The Conversation.
‘The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered directly to the public.’
In a world of distrust in the media, they aim to help rebuild trust in journalism. They utilise academics that work at prestigious universities as the writers for their articles, so you know these will be high quality and contemporary.
You’ve definitely heard of this one, the American subscription streaming service and production company giant – Netflix.
You’ve probably heard this before, but watching TV and Films are a great way to learn English when studying independently. You get the chance to listen to different accents, interactions and situations without having to interact yourself.
PLUS, you get automatic subtitles, so you can always pause, read and rewind to recreate your favourite scenes with friends.
Remember, Netflix binging is fine if it’s homework related! 😉
5. TED Talks
‘TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.’
Explore TED talks to enjoy a wide range of videos, podcasts, articles and more. We have linked some of our favourites below for you to enjoy. Remember to search your interests and use the subtitles and transcripts they provide. Write down any fun words, collocations or phrases they use that you want to try.
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