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English Listening - Practice Books

1. Clear Speech Student's book: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in American English (Clear Speech) by Judy B. Gilbert; Paperback: 144 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Clear Speech, 2nd Edition, is a revised and expanded edition of a highly successful and innovative pronunciation course for intermediate and advanced students of English. As in the first edition, the emphasis is on the "musical" aspects of English: rhythm, stress, and intonation. New features of the second edition include: more practice material; more pair practice, allowing more time for speaking and enabling students to receive immediate practical feedback; presentation of sounds within the context of speech patterns, to aid recognition of grammar cues and enhance listening comprehension; reorganization of teaching points, making the interrelationship between the various aspects of pronunciation more obvious. Students learn how to use rhythm, stress, and intonation to provide "navigational guides" for the listener. The emphasis on the relationship between speaking and listening comprehension makes this text uniquely helpful. The Teacher's Manual contains invaluable, creative ideas for presenting the teaching points, as well as theoretical support. In addition, it contains detailed procedures, additional activities, and an answer key. The Cassettes contain material from many of the exercises as well as the Clear Listening Test. Clear Speech is suitable as a classroom text, for laboratory use, and for self-study.

2. Listening Extra Book and Audio CD Pack: A Resource Book of Multi-Level Skills Activities; Paperback: 136 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Listening Extra contains a bank of imaginative photocopiable materials designed for young adults (16+) and adults. There are over 50 easy-to-prepare activities at elementary, intermediate and upper-intermediate level. The material offers teachers a refreshing approach to 18 familiar topics and can be used to supplement existing coursebooks. Activities are designed around authentic scenarios and practise specific listening skills, such as listening for details, identifying emotions or listening for opinions. At the same time as practising a key listening skill, the activities integrate the other skill areas. Students are exposed to a variety of native and non-native speaker accents. The recordings cover a range of genres from radio and television to academic lectures, presentations and conversational dialogues.

3. Great Ideas Student's book: Listening and Speaking Activities for Students of American English by Leo Jones, Victoria Kimbrough; Paperback: 112 pages; Cambridge University Press

Great Ideas is a unique collection of absorbing and enjoyable fluency practice activities designed to improve the listening and speaking abilities of intermediate and advanced students of American English. Students are stimulated to express their ideas in English by a wide range of photographs, advertisements, maps and drawings, together with varied and lively recordings. In the activities the students solve problems, exchange information, describe their experiences, and participate in role plays and discussions. All the listening exercises and many of the speaking activities are task-based to give students a sense of realism and involvement. Specially designed communication activities motivate students to share information by providing each participant with some information the other does not have. The cassette consists of short interviews, telephone exchanges, public announcements, actual radio commercials, conversations, and other recordings of people speaking naturally with the normal pauses, hesitations, and interruptions that occur in authentic spoken language.

4. Lingua TOEFL CBT Listening Practice Test 1-4 by Research Team, Lingua Forum; Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

Lingua Forum publishes TOEFL CBT prep materials that are written by native speakers who are experienced in teaching and writing. Geared toward the specific challenges of the TOEFL CBT listening section, this test preparation guide includes four practice tests designed to simulate the test-taking experience. Detailed answer explanations are included for each test. Also provided are newly introduced question forms including multiple answer, matching, ordering, and graphic questions.

5. IELTS Preparation and Practice Listening and Speaking by Wendy Sahanaya, Jeremy Lindeck; Paperback: 99 pages Publisher: OUP Australia & New Zealand

For the International English Language Testing System. A series providing comprehensive preparation for the IELTS. Now with Practice Tests with annotated key. For use in the classroom and for individual study.

The series is a complete training course for students intending to sit the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). It reflects the format of the test and develops the necessary skills for each module. The series offers separate titles for the Academic Modules and the General Modules. Practice tests are provided, together with step-by-step descriptions and models of how to answer test questions. Includes useful tips. Answer Key and transcripts of all listening tasks. The contributing authors are accredited IELTS examiners. The material is suitable for use in class and for self-study. The new edition of the Listening and Speaking Book and Cassettes incorporate the changes to the exam. NEW - Practice Tests with Annotated Answer Key and Practice Tests cassette.