page will show you how to use iTunes to subscribe to the Splendid Speaking and
other podcasts, enabling you to practise your ESL listening skills as effortlessly
ESL listening practice using iTunes If you're looking
for ideas for self-study ESL listening practice a great place to start is to listen
to the many thousands of freely available English podcasts. (If you're new to
podcasts you might find our guide for English teachers useful. See the link at
the bottom of this page.)
Here's an example Splendid Speaking podcast if you're new to our website:
iTunes allows you to subscribe to a podcasting service like our
own Splendid Speaking, and will download new episodes as soon as they're published.
Here's how to subscribe to the Splendid Speaking podcast.
Alternatively, you can search
for Splendid Speaking or other podcasts in iTunes and subscribe that way. For
up-to-date advice on how to do this with the latest version of iTunes, visit the
Apple website: http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/store/podcast/
You can then listen to the recording on a PC or, if you use a compatible
MP3 player, on the move wherever and whenever you have the time!
for ESL listening practice Once you're set up and ready to go with iTunes,
you'll be able to explore the various English speaking podcasts that are out there.
Whatever your interest, be it English itself, art, business, sport or travel,
you name it - there's likely to be a podcast for you. See our list
of podcast sites to get started.
Tips for successful ESL listening
practice using podcasts You're likely to find using podcasts for ESL listening
practice quite challenging, especially if the podcasts are by native speakers.
Try these tips to help you: 1) Find podcasts that come with a text summary
of the broadcast. You can use this summary for 2 and 3 below. 2) Read the
summary and think about what the speaker(s) are likely to talk about. This will
help you get 'switched on' to the topic. 3) Make a note of some questions you'd
like the podcast to answer or come up with a list of words or expressions related
to the topic you expect to hear. 4) Listen to the podcast the first time for
a general understanding. If it's a long recording you might decide to focus on
a particular section. Listen out for anything you listed in 2 and 3 above. 5)
Listen a second time and make a note of key points. Don't try to understand every
word. 6) Listen again and confirm the points you made in 5 above.
to Podcasting? If you're looking for ESL listening practice opportunities,
see our introduction
to podcasting for ESL/EFL teachers or watch this video about podcasting from
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