ELT Listening Material

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Here is a regularly updated collection of authentic and adapted listening material that could be used in an English language classroom or my students for extensive listening. Click on the title of the website to go to that page, or click on the ‘More Information’ link to get a summary of information on length, accents, transcripts, and more. If you find any links that do not work, please let me know. Also, if you have anything to add to this list, please share it with my using the contact page on this website or send me a message on Twitter (@nathanghall) and I will make sure to give you credit.

✍ = Adapted for those who speak English as an additional language


The Listening Project: A BBC weekly podcast from the daily radio program of the same name. Conversations with everyday people about their lives. [More information]

StoryCorps: A radio program from NPR. Everyday people sharing momentous events from their lives. [More Information]

✍ ELLLO: Short semi-scripted conversations on various topics. Intended for language learners of all levels. [More Information]

New Dubliners: Interviews with immigrants to Ireland. [More Information]

BBC – Great Lives: Discussions on important people from history. [More Information]

Griffith University – Promotional Videos: Stories from international university students about living in Australia. [More Information]

BBC World Service – The Conversation: Discussions on various topics with women from around the world. [More Information]


Storytime Treasure Chest: Stories for children to young adults from various New Zealand authors. [More information]

✍ American English – Adapted Stories: A set of American short stories in public domain that have been adapted for language learners. [More Information]

Lit2Go: Public domain stories listed by topic or reading level. [More Information]

✍ BBC Learning English Drama: Radio dramas for English language learners. [More Information]

UNICEF Children’s Radio Program – The Voices of Three Children: A short radio drama on children living in three parts of the world. [More Information]

Storynory: Short stories for children. Most are original. [More Information]

Storyline: Story books come alive in video form while being read out loud. [More Information]

A Story Before Bed: Children’s picture book stories with videos. [More Information]

BBC Radio – 500 Words: 500 word stories written by children with audio. [More Information]

Wip – Canadian Web Series: A series of scripted programs for the web. [More Information]


Very Short Documentaries: Video documentaries that are the result of a Vimeo competition. Up to 150 seconds in length. [More information]

Our First Voices: (Canada only) A series of short documentaries from First Nation people on topics related to their lives in Canada. [More Information]

Why Poverty International Short Documentaries: (Canada only) International short documentaries related to “Why Poverty?” [More Information]

PBS – POV Interactive Shorts: Short documentaries with additional information on various subjects. [More Information]

Times Documentaries: Short documentaries on various topics. [More Information]

National Museum of Australia – Personal Stories: Personal stories from some indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. [More Information]


Howdini: Short how-to instructional videos on various topics. [More Information]

✍ BC Newcomers’ Guide Videos: Videos for newcomers to British Columbia, Canada on various topics related to living in BC. [More Information]

Service Canada: Videos on employment topics related to living in Canada.

The Guardian – Made Simple: Short educational videos on how things work.

Practical Action Techjustice in Action: Three fun, short informational videos on the work of Practical Action in developing countries. Designed for youth. [More Information]

Government of Canada Science Videos: A series of science videos from the Government of Canada. [More Information]

Amateur Traveler: A travel podcast on various places to visit around the world.

Employment and Social Development Canada – Essential Skills: Videos related to essentials skills needed in the workplace.

✍ Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Video Centre: Videos related to immigrating to Canada.

✍ Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Discover Canada: A recording of the Discover Canada guide for those applying for citizenship in Canada.

✍ California Distance Learning Project – Adult Learning Activities: Short audio recordings on various topics related to living in California.

✍ Marshall Adult Education – Reading Skills: Information on many subjects for language learners of various levels.

ALIS Alberta – Video Player: Employment related videos such as job specific information.

CNIB – Audio and Video Clips: Information for those living with sight problems.

DriveKind RideKind: Information on driving safely.

AAA Driver Education and Training Videos: Short driver education related videos.

Manitoba Public Insurance – 60 Second Driver: Short videos on the rules of the road.

Watch Know Learn: Short videos on various topics.

Pool Safely: Videos on safety related to swimming pools.

Aboriginal Firefighters of Canada – Fire Prevention & Education: Fire safety videos.

Cell Biology and Cancer – News Alerts Videos: Short dramatized videos on the history of cancer research.

Smithonian Channel:Videos: Short videos on topics of current interest. [More Information]

Inc. Magazine – Live: Business related videos.

BBC World – The Why Factor: Radio program on the history behind certain objects. [More Information]

Oxford DNB: Short biographies of famous British individuals. [More Information]

ABC RN – Ockham’s Razor: Science radio program from Australia. [More Information]

Rick Steves’ Audio Tours: Audio walking tours of international cities. [More Information]

Common Craft: Instructional videos on a variety of skills, mostly computer related. [More Information]

CDC Radio Public Service Announcements: Short PSAs with transcripts on various health related issues. [More Information]

TV411: Adult literacy videos and lessons on various topics. [More Information]

Harvard Business Review – Videos: Short informational videos on business related topics. [More Information]

USA Today – Human Kind: Inspirational stories about regular people. [More Information]

Khan Academy: Thousands of lessons with videos and lessons. [More Information]

Ideas Lab Predictor Podcast: Short academic discussions. [More Information]

Scientific American 60-Second Science: Short science related news. [More Information]

US Forest Service – Discover the Forest: Short PSAs on the forest. [More Information]

LifeProClips: Very short how-to tips on various topics. [More Information]

GCFLearnFree: Lots of short educational videos on various topics, mostly computer related skills. [More Information]

Ready PSAs: Short PSAs on preparing for emergencies. [More Information]

The Open University – 60 Second Animations: A series of educational videos on various topics, all limited to 1 minute. [More Information]

Cape Cuisine: Waiter Training Videos: Short instructional videos on serving in a restaurant. [More Information]

 Settlement.org – Welcome to Ontario: Short instructional videos from those moving to Ontario, Canada from other countries. [More Information]

Smartish – Consider the Source: Short informational videos on where everyday products come from. [More Information]


3MT Showcase: Winners of the Three-minute Thesis competition. [More information]

University of Wisconsin – Five Minute Lectures: Series of short lectures from the University of Wisconsin.

TU in Two: Two-Minute Lectures from Towson University: Series of short lectures from the Towson University.

Two-Minute Lecture Series from Vassar College: Series of short lectures from the Vassar College. [More Information]

✍ BBC Learning English – Academic English: Short lessons on how to understand academic language. [More Information]

Collins Academic Skills Series – Lectures: Five lectures with transcripts. [More Information]

University of Birmingham Audio and Video Podcasts: Various topics with transcripts. [More Information]

La Trobe University Podcasts: Short academic discussions on various topics. [More Information]

Palgrave Study Skills: Short audio recordings on advice for college or university students. [More Information]


NPR Hourly News Summary: Hourly NPR news summarized in five minutes. [More Information]

NY Times Minute: Short videos on current news topics. [More Information]

BBC In Short: Short BBC news clips.

PRI – Living on Earth: PRI’s environmental news magazine.

PRI: Public Radio International news from around the world.

✍ VCC – ESL News and CBC News: Canadian and international news adapted for language learners.

✍ VOA Learning English: American and international news written for language learners.

UN Web TV – News and Features: News updates from UN projects from around the world.

ABC – Behind the News: Short news videos from Australia. [More Information]

CNN – Student News: Weekly news from CNN written for students.

✍ Breaking News English: News related English language lessons at various levels.

New Yorker: Videos: Short videos on current news topics.

Radio Praha – Panorama: English News program from the Czech Republic. [More Information]

Radio Sweden in English: English news from Sweden and around the world. [More Information]

NHK Radio News in English: News magazine program from Japan. [More Information]

BBC One-minute World News: One minute news report from the BBC. [More Information]

CBC Radio – The 180: Current topics are evaluated from different sides. [More Information]

Reuters Video: Short news videos from around the world, many with transcripts. [More Information]


RSA Shorts: Short animated lectures on various topics. [More Information]

Ignite: Five-minute lectures on various topics. [More Information]

Big Think: Lectures at various lengths on different topics.

Ted Talks: Lectures at various lengths on different topics.


NPR Interviews: Interviews with people from around the world on topics of interest.

✍ Macmillan – The Business podcast: Short edited interviews for business English learners.

London School of Business and Finance – Great Minds Series: A series of interviews with prominent people in business. [More Information]

Oxford University Press Podcast – Clinical Communication Skills: A series of short interviews with patients and medical personnel. [More Information]


The Guardian – Global development podcast: Podcast from The Guardian on topics related to development projects from around the world.

VOA Editorials: Editorials on current news.

WSJ Video: Opinion: Editorials on current news.

ABC Australia – Media Watch: Short news editorials on current news subjects. [More Information]


✍ Many Things – Listen and Read Along: Various adapted material for language learners at different levels.

✍ British Council – LearnEnglish Professional Podcasts: Various adapted material for language learners at different levels on business related topics.

✍ Dreamreader: Various adapted material for language learners at different levels.

Subtitled Trailers: Short movie trailers with embedded English subtitles. [More Information]

BBC Radio 4 – Just a Minute: A radio gameshow where contestants need to talk for 1 minute on a topic. [More Information]

87 Seconds: A showcase of short professionally created business related sales videos. [More Information]

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