English Listening Activity: Earthworms

 Listen to this English listening activity on earthworms. Listen one or two times and then take the listening comprehension quiz. 

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ESL Listening Activity: Philippines

English (ESL) Listening Activity: Philippines

The Philippines is an island nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The Philippines form a chain of more than seven thousand islands. The capital of the Philippines is Manila. The Philippines have a population of more than 95 million people. Of this 95 million only about 2 million live in the capital city of Manila. The Philippines is located near China and Malaysia.

The Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches. In land on some of the islands you will find hills and steep mountains. On the island of Luzon, there is an active volcano. Millions of years ago the islands that now make up the Philippines were all under water. After earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, they eventually immerged from the sea. There are still earthquakes every year in the Philippines.

The weather in the Philippines is tropical. Most days the average temperature is 80F (or 27C). There is also a long rainy season every year from May to November.

Different groups of people live in the Philippines. The Aeta and Malay are the main ethnic groups but there are more than eighty represented in this island nation. People that live in the Philippines are called Filipinos. In the Philippines, people speak more than 80 languages. Filipino is a language that is based on Tagalog. It is one of the official languages. English is the other official language of the Philippines.

Filipino families are usually pretty large. It is not uncommon for grandparents, parents, children, aunts, uncles and cousins to live together. They often live in a compound; which is a group of houses that are close together. In a ‘typical’ Filipino family that father goes to work while the mother stays home and takes care of the children, home and shopping.

Manila, is a large city. It has many skyscrapers, cars and people. Is the city you can find both very rich people and people living in absolute poverty in little shacks made out of cardboard and metal.

ESL Listening Activity: Tornadoes

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Tornadoes

The United States has an average of 1000 tornadoes every year- more than any other nation. The central states of the United States are at more of a risk for tornadoes. Twisters is a nickname for tornadoes. Compared to hurricanes tornadoes are not very big. On average a tornado is 130 to 170 meters (400 to 500 feet) wide. Tornadoes can produce very powerful winds. Tornadoes usually form when the weather is warm and humid. They can occur at any time of day but most develop between 3 and 9pm. Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that has the most tornadoes. Parts of the following U.S. states are in Tornado Alley: South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. A tornado usually stays on the ground for less than 20 minutes. Tornadoes move at a speed of 20 to 50 miles (or 30 to 90 kilometers) per hour. For tornadoes to keep moving that need warm, moist air. More than one tornado can hit the same area in a day or week. Tornadoes are very powerful and can destroy most natural and man-made objects (such as houses, buildings and cars). The strong winds from a tornado can rip trees up from the ground and destroy and move house and cars hundreds of feet away. The strength of tornadoes is calculated on the Fujita (F) or the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale. The categories on the scale vary from EF0 which is light damage to an EF5 which means incredible damage. Tornadoes can cause such horrible destruction because they form very quickly and people often do not have time to protect themselves and get to a safe place. Most people, businesses and schools have safety plans on where to go when a tornado is about to hit. It is recommended that people do into storm shelters, basements, bathrooms and interior hallways to stay safe from the storm.

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ESL Listening Activity: Mississippi River

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The Mississippi River is part of the longest river system in the United States. The Mississippi River starts at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. At the headwaters in Minnesota, the Mississippi River flows at 1.2 miles an hour. The Mississippi River is about 2,320 miles (or 3,730 kilometers) long. The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers combine and form the longest river system in North America. It is also the fourth longest river system in the world.

500 million tons of shipped goods are shipped on barges or large shipping boats on the Mississippi each year. Over 260 species of fish live in the Mississippi. Over 230 species of birds use the Mississippi river as there migratory path; which means they follow the river south when the season changes to winter in the Northern United States.

The Mississippi River lies or passes through the following ten US. States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Mississippi River flows through several major cities in the United States. It flows through Minneapolis/St. Paul (or the Twin Cities) in Minnesota. It also flows through St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans.

In New Orleans, where the Mississippi ends, it flows at about 3 miles an hour. The Mississippi River ends in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Listening Activity: Sharks

It is important to develop your listening comprehension in English. Training your ears to understand natural English is important. Many tests such as IELTS and TOEFL have listening portions to the test.

Below is a listening activity about sharks. Listen carefully. You can take a quiz to test your listening comprehension when finished. You might want to listen two or three times to make sure you fully understand what you are hearing. Remember, you do NOT need to understand every word when listening. Try to listen for the most important information.

Non-Fiction Listening Activity: Sharks


 

Listening Comprehension Quiz: Sharks

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