Category Listening

Jerusalem

Listen to James Fenton reading the first part of his poem “Jerusalem”. Every 4th word of the text is missing. Can you fill in the 11 blanks. Answers in the comments box below.   Stone cries to ___(1)___, Heart to heart, ___(2)___ to stone, And ___(3)___ interrogation will not ___(4)___ For there is ___(5)___ eternal […]

Malta’s minimum wage below EU average

Listen to the recording and fill in the gaps – numbers only! Use the comments box to send in your answers. With an income of €_____(a)_____, Malta’s national minimum wage is below the European Union average. As of this year, _____(b)_____out of the _____(c)_____member states of the European Union have national minimum wages. The average […]

Beating a sore throat

Listening instructions: Read the text to get a general understanding (don’t worry about the gaps) Read again, this time thinking about the type of missing words (noun, verb, adjective, …) Listen to the recording without looking at the text Listen again, this time while reading the text Repeat step 4 as often as necessary Send in […]

A listening activity: Is Drinking Caffeine Good Or Bad For You?

Listen carefully and choose the correct word. Write your answers in the comments box below. Now I absolutely love / abhor / adore coffee Here in the UK we drink 70 million / millions cups of this stuff every day Three to four cups of coffee a day shouldn’t / couldn’t / wouldn’t cause any […]

Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4 has a program called Desert Island Discs. A famous guest (sports, music, science, etc.) chooses eight music tracks, a book and a luxury to take with them on a desert island. During the interview, we get to know why these are important to them. At the same time, we learn more about […]

LESS PEOPLE or FEWER PEOPLE?

#Less #Fewer #GrammarRules

Jerusalem

Listen to James Fenton reading the first part of his poem “Jerusalem”. Every 4th word of the text is missing. Can you fill in the 11 blanks. Answers in the comments box below.   Stone cries to ___(1)___, Heart to heart, ___(2)___ to stone, And ___(3)___ interrogation will not ___(4)___ For there is ___(5)___ eternal […]

Short forms

It happens often that I have students who are very good at grammar, writing and speaking. However, when it comes to doing a listening task, they panic. Why is this? The problem is that they expect to hear each and every word spoken clearly. The truth is, a native speaker doesn’t talk this way. Learners […]

MAKE A SCENE

All you need is 3 minutes. Listen to (and if you want, read) this BBC podcast and learn a new idiom: MAKE A SCENE. Use the language Maybe we don’t like to admit it but we all make a scene some time in our lives. Go on, be brave; one time when you made a […]

Institute of English Language Studies (IELS), Malta

The latest promotional clip from the school I work for, Institute of English Language Studies (IELS), Malta.   Related articles IELS, Malta