Academic English UK – Listening Worksheets

Here are a range of different listenings and worksheets based on a variety of topics. All of these listenings can be used in the academic English classroom or for self-study. 

       Places to visit in the UK

 

UK Tourist Attractions

This listening video provides students with a range of places to visit while they are here in the UK. It includes natural areas, cities, tourist attractions outside London and also a list of London attractions. Watch the video [12:00] / MP3 /+ worksheet.

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Fast Fashion gap-fill summary

 

The environmental impact of Fast Fashion (new for 2020)  by S.Williams

This lecture discusses how the fast fashion clothing industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. It focuses on materials, manufacturing and consumer waste. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.10]  / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Globalisation gap-fill summary

Globalisation: economic, political, & cultural relationships  by Edeos

This lecture discusses the key elements to the rise of globalisation. It focuses on the inter-connected relationships of politics, culture and the economy. It includes a lots of important vocabulary. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.10] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Globalisation: International Trade.

The text defines the key points associated to globalization. It discusses the disparity of progression of trade between countries and highlights the integration of in-ward and out- ward looking policies. It finally points out that three key areas of international globalization are imperative for the economic growth of a country.The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Summary Writing: Globalisation: International Trade.

The text defines the key points associated to globalisation. It discusses the disparity of progression of trade between countries and highlights the integration of in-ward and out- ward looking policies. It finally points out that three key areas of international globalisation are imperative for the economic growth of a country. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Rich and poor countries gap-fill summary

 

Why some countries are poor and others are rich (new for 2020) The School of Life

A really good lecture on the three key elements of why some countries are poor. It discusses how corruption of institutions, culture and geographical features all play a significant role in poverty. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.47]  / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

The Fourth Industrial Revolution gap-fill summary

 

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? (new for 2020) – Graeme Codrington

This lecture briefly highlights how the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Industrial Revolutions connect to the 4th Industrial revolution. It clearly explains what is and what isn’t the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [10.39] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Business Model Innovation gap-fill summary

 

Business Model Innovation (new for 2020) – University of St.Gallen

This lecture discusses how important innovation is for a company. It defines business model innovation and discusses the key steps in using business model patterns to reinvent a company, The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [08.10] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Economic inequality gap-fill summary

Economic Inequality (new for 2020) – by AEUK

This lecture discusses what is economic inequality, how wealth is distributed, how the past has affected the future and the current debate. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary.  Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [10.00]  / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Mobile phone gap-fill summary

Mobile Phone Addiction [TED Talk] by R. Sleight [new for 2020]

This lecture discusses the rise in smartphone use, associated data in terms of user usage, and five insights to control addictive tendencies. (Example). Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  Video [11:48] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: Mobile Phone Addiction [new for 2020]

The text discusses the rise in mobile phone use, the factors that lead to addiction and implications for the future. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Mobile Phone Addiction: Reading & Summary Writing Lesson [New for 2020]

The text discusses the rise in mobile phone use, the factors that lead to addiction and implications for the future. Students take notes on key ideas and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Listening Worksheets

Bloom’s Taxonomy

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy – higher-order thinking skills (new for 2020) LSU Centre for Academic Success

This short video provides a brief overview of Bloom’s taxonomy: classification of learning levels. It discusses each level but pays particular attention to the higher levels of analysing, evaluating and creating. It is a nice introduction to the theory of critical thinking. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [3.51]  / MP3MEMBERSHIP

Presentation Listening

 

Presentation Worksheet

 This lecture discusses the key ideas of giving an academic presentation including referencing, signposting, delivery and rehearsal.  2-page listening worksheet with answers. A great introduction to giving a presentation. Example. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [7:00] / MP3MEMBERSHIP

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What is academic English?

 

Academic English: How is it different?

What is academic English? This lecture by Cambridge University Press discusses the key differences between Academic and General English. The listening worksheet has a variety of questions and is great introduction to understanding Academic English. Example  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [5:20]  / MP3MEMBERSHIP

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Business Accounting: Documentation

 

Business Accounting & Finance: Documentation

This is a 12-minute accounting lecture on the key terms connected to business transactions and documentation. It discusses purchase orders, invoices, terms of trade, statement of account, VAT, credit note etc.. It is a 4 -page test booklet with a variety of question types (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [12:01] / MP3 MEMBERSHIP

 
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Business Leaders

 

Business Leadership: the most important skill

This is a 6-minute HBR lecture interviewing key leaders and academics on what they believe is the most important skill for future leaders. The worksheet is a table format to be filled in with the key skill and support (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [5.41] / MP3 MEMBERSHIP

 
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Fair Trade BBC Radio (28 minutes) 

The Future of Fair Trade [podcast]

This is a 28-minute Radio Podcast from BBC Radio 4. The podcast divides into two parts with the first 15 minutes discussing the positives of Fair Trade and the second part interviewing critics of Fair trade (see worksheet example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]   Podcast [27.54]   / MEMBERSHIP

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Independent Learning

Independent Learning worksheet

This worksheet is based on four videos. Listen to the videos and take notes. Then use your notes to answer the questions and compare your answers to the key answers.  Example / Video Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]   MEMBERSHIP

Evaluating Sources

 

The C.R.A.A.P Test – a guide to evaluating sources – UoSA

This University of South Australia video explains what is the C.R.A.A.P Test and how to use it to evaluate all types of information. This worksheet helps students to understand what is considered a ‘credible’ source and how to check this using an evaluation tool. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.17] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

 

 

The Academic Journal Peer Review Process – NC State University

This NC State university video explains how an academic scholar submits a research paper to a journal publishing company and the full process the article goes through before it is published. This listening and worksheet helps students to understand what is considered a credible source and why. Example  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.15]  / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

 

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Seminar Discussions

Seminar Listening Worksheet 1 [5 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is four different nationalities discussing ‘American Values’. Students listen and take notes on what the different nationalities (Indian, Ethiopian, Japanese, American) say about American Values and then answer the question sheet. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / Video (start 0:40 – 4:40) / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Teacher’s Notes: Seminar Listening Worksheet 1

  • Explain the seminar is four different nationalities discussing ‘American Values’.
  • The different nationalities are an Indian man, Ethiopian woman, Japanese woman and an American woman.
  • Play the sound only (not the visual video) two times – students take notes.
  • Give out question worksheet – allow 5-10 minutes to answer.
  • Video (start 0:40 – 4:40)

Seminar Listening Worksheet 2  [3 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is four teachers discussing whether it is better to learn English online or in a regular classroom. Each teacher provider an opinion and a justification for their choice (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2]  / Video (3.27) / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Teacher’s Notes: Seminar Listening Worksheet 2

  • Explain the seminar is four teachers discussing ‘whether it is better to learn English online or in a classroom’.
  • Show the picture of the four teachers with their names (Ronnie, Alex, James, Adam)
  • Play the video two times – students take notes.
  • Give out question worksheet – allow 5-10 minutes to answer.
  • Video 

Seminar Listening Worksheet 3  [5 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is three teachers discussing their views on the TED Talk lecture: The Happy Planet Index by Nic Marks (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2]  / Video (5.00) / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Teacher’s Notes: Seminar Listening Worksheet 2

  • Students watch the TED Talk LectureThe Happy Planet Index’ by Nic Marks – go here
  • Explain the seminar is three teachers discussing parts of the TED Talk Lecture.
  • Show the picture of video and highlight its one woman, a Scottish man and another man.
  • Play the video two times – students take notes.
  • Give out question worksheet – allow 5-10 minutes to answer.
  • Video 

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Listening Tests by AEUK

Critical Thinking

 

Critical Thinking: an introduction – Lecture Listening Lesson (new 2020)

This lecture focuses on critical thinking at university. It includes a definition, alternative thinking styles, Bloom’s taxonomy and how to apply analysing and evaluation questions to reading and writing. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [10.00]  / MP3  / MEMBERSHIP 

Critical thinking – reading text analysis (new for 2020)

A great lesson for developing and practising critical thinking skills. It is a 400-word text on ‘going to university’ with over 15 possible problems. Students use the higher level thinking skills of analysis and evaluation to examine, question and critique the textExample.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  MEMBERSHIP 

Critical Speaking – 8 questions most people get wrong! (new for 2020)

A great lesson for highlighting facts over opinions. This lesson asks students to discuss 8 questions based around a variety of topics. The lesson is based on research by Hans Rosling a UN advisor, professor of international health and medical physician, who argues many people have an over-dramatic world view that its not based on facts. The lesson includes factual data from the World Bank and UN to support all answers. Example.  Level: ***** [C1 – High level]  MEMBERSHIP

Critical Thinking Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, text analysis reading, lecture listening test, and speaking discussion. Example[TEACHER MEMBERSHIP]

Amazon

 Listening test: Amazon: The world’s largest retailer [New for 2020]

A short 8-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on Amazon. It discusses the company, recruitment, recent criticisms of safety and Amazon’s response, It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [9.10]MP3 / PPT link in download MEMBERSHIP 

Reading Test: Amazon: The largest internet company in the world [new for 2020]

The text provides an overview of the company, its innovative strategies, the digitalisation of warehousing systems and the darker side of working at Amazon.The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Amazon: the retail giant. Reading & Summary Writing Lesson [New for 2020]

The text provides an overview of the company, its innovative strategies, the digitalisation of warehousing systems and the darker side of working at Amazon. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Museums

A brief overview of museums [New for 2020]

A short 9-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on museums. It discusses in detail the purpose of museums, how they are funded, their popularity and future evolution, It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [9.10]MP3 / PPT link in download MEMBERSHIP 

One-sided Academic Argument Essay: Museum [New for 2020]

Question: Should museums be free for everyone? This essay examines the keys arguments around how museums encourage cultural awareness and public education. This lesson contains two essays: one block and one point-to-point.  Sources:6 / Example / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Shopping

The Decline of the British High Street [New for 2020]

A short 8-minute listening lecture written by AEUK on the high street. It discusses the history, the current situation and its economic and societal effects and finishes with some possible solutions. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1]  / Video [7.44] / MP3 /  PPT link in download MEMBERSHIP 

One-Sided Academic Argument Essay: Is the British high street dying? [New for 2020]

Question: Do you agree that the British high street is dying? This essay examines the keys arguments that high business rates and the popularity of internet shopping have caused many physical shops to close. This lesson contains two essays: one block and one point-by-point.  Sources:4 / Example / Level ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Economic Inequality

Economic Inequality- Lecture Listening Lesson

This is a lecture on what is economic inequality, how is wealth distributed, how the past has affected the present and the current debate. It includes a video, test questions and PPT (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT Link in download /  Video [10.00] / MP3MEMBERSHIP 

Reading Test: Economic Inequality.

The text defines economic inequality. It discuses differences in income distribution between the rich and poor, it highlights how inequality is measured and offers a range of solutions to address income inequality. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary. (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Economic Inequality: Summary  Reading & Writing Lesson

The text discusses what is economic inequality and how it is measured. It also discusses the unfairness of wealth distribution between the rich and the poor and suggests possible solutions to address the situation. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  (Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Economic Inequality Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test & summary writing, 1 x lecture listening, [extra reading text] & seminar / example [TEACHER MEMBERSHIP]

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The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy – AEUK Test

This is a lecture on the defining the Gig Economy and discussing the positives and negatives of three Gig Economies (AirBnB, Uber and Task Rabbit). It includes a video, test questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / PPT link in download /  Video [12.14] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP

Reading Test: The Gig Economy 

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.(Example) Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Summary Writing: The Gig Economy

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. (Example). Level ***** [B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Gig Economy Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Six Lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, Lecture listening & seminar [TEACHER MEMBERSHIP] More information

 

Academic Plagiarism: writing / essay mills

Academic Plagiarism- Lecture Listening Lesson (same text as reading)

This lecture focuses on academic plagiarism, what are custom essay writing services and the associated problems and solutions. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example). It is exactly the same text as the reading lesson. Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [12.00] / MP3 / MEMBERSHIP 

Reading Test: Academic Plagiarism – the use of custom essay writing services / writing mills

The text discusses what is academic plagiarism, what are custom essay writing services and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students using them. The reading test worksheet tests headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.  (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 
 
 

Academic Plagiarism: Summary  Reading & Writing Lesson

The text discusses what is academic plagiarism, what are custom essay writing services (writing mills) and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students using them. Students take notes on key idea and write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes a critical thinking worksheet too.  Example. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

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U.S. Gun Culture

  

U.S. Gun Culture – Lecture Listening Lesson

This lecture focuses on the rise of gun related deaths and mass shootings in the U.S. It investigates the barriers that prevent stricter gun controls and calls for a ban on semi-automatic weapons. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / PPT Link in download /  Video [11.31] / MP3MEMBERSHIP 

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Ethical Consumerism

 

Ethical Consumerism – Lecture Listening

This is a lecture on defining the ethical consumerism, the associated problems with consumers and the positive advances in the ethical consumerism movement. It includes a video, test questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  PPT link in download / Video [09.01] / MP3MEMBERSHIP

 

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