Category Listening

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 […]


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Jerusalem – Listening #001

Every 4th word of the text is missing. Listen to James Fenton reading the first part of his poem “Jerusalem” and fill in the 11 blanks. E-mail me your answers using the form 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 […]


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