This is quite a challenging task, so I'm also going to include a link to a dictionary site called Ninjawords which will help you.
- Let's start with some listening. Go to: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/ Here you will see a collection of 1 minute audio podcasts.
- The Myth of Multitasking
- Movie Magic (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Part 1
- Fish Shrink to Beat Heat
- Get a pencil and some paper ready, turn up your volume and click the small button to play the audio. As you listen try to make notes about some of the facts. You can listen two times if you are finding it difficult.
- Now scroll down the page and you will see the text that you heard. Read it and check how much of the information you noted down was correct. It may also help to listen again as you read.
- Now go to http://ninjawords.com/ and check the meaning of any words you don't know.
- Once you made notes about the new words listen to the podcast once more and this time try to read along copying the pronunciation of the speaker if you can.
If you are really interested in science and you found this activity useful then you can subscribe to the podcast using i-tunes or download the audio to your computer and print a copy of the text. This will be useful for revising the texts in a few days time.
Spending just a few minutes each day doing this activity will help to improve your listening, reading and vocabulary, so why not give it a try?
- Here you can find more EFL ESL listening activities.
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- Adding Phonetic Symbols to a Webpage
- Dictation goes Web 2.0
- Pronunciation goes 2.0
- Phonology can be fun and free
- Karaoke with a Social Network
- Artificial Intelligence Chat bots and EFL ESL
- Listen and Write the News
- Listen to and Download Texts
- Subtitling your video clips