Basically, the materials consist of a large collection of recordings, of real people,
talking in English about real things in their lives. The topics cover a wide range,
whatever the speakers wanted to talk about. The recordings vary in English
difficulty, from very simple to very advanced (from CEFR levels A2 to C2).
All the recordings are supported by study materials. They work by helping listeners
activate the relevant schema. There is a title, which gives the general topic and
orientates the listener; a summary of the content, which provides a framework for
more detailed comprehension; a transcription of the actual spoken text, which
enables students to decipher difficult parts; and a series of test questions, with
answers, designed to both guide comprehensions and probe how well the listener
understands what the speaker is trying to convey.
The student should choose whatever passage interests them, at a whatever level
they can understand. They should simply listen to many such passages. If they
understand, the listener can then move on to a different passage. If they have
difficulties, students can use the study aids, then listen again, or simply chose
another passage. An ideal passage is one the student can understand, but with just
a little difficulty. It is not necessary to struggle—just relax and enjoy listening.
Get to know our speakers, by hearing what they have to say. The site is completely free, for both individual students and schools.