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I've been searching high and low for some good MP3 that I can use to teach conversational English to adults. Any ideas?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:20 pm

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I am setting up an index of online language learning content. My list will be a lot more extensive than this, but here are a few good ones.

For news:

For general English (in no particular order):

With music that starts playing automatically (very annoying):

This site sends short mp3 files daily, but they don``t seem to have an archive:

Yet another site that seems to have given up updating:

This page has links to a few good podcasts:

There are a bunch more, but I seem to have misplaced my database. These should get your started.


Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:40 pm
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I believe has some MP3 downloads for just that in their premium section.

I can't comment on the quality, but Neil runs a pretty nice site over there.

Build up! Be positive! Teach hard!

Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:29 pm
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Thanks for the input...helps a great deal.

Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:13 am

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I was wondering how you (best) use listening materials. We're out here in the sticks with no funds and few media techniques available. There are no native speakers for my students to converse with. I notice they become accustomed to my pronunciation. To widen their boundaries, I guess I'll use recordings more frequently. Some students balk, literally stiffen up. Some are hard of hearing, and depend upon lip movement.
If anyone out there has suggestions, I was wondering how you go about it.
I'd like to have them listen first (except that a few students automatically shut down), a few times, to short excerpts. Now I'm considering letting those students who have difficulties follow a written transcript. The goal, after all, is for them to loosen up so that they can catch what they can. I wouldn't know how to use an MP3 player, but I bet it is a lot lighter than lugging a Radio/tape recorder/CD player to our lesson each week.
Any tips?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 7:06 pm

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Truth is, I'm quite mobile over here with my notebook and speakers, as I tend to use Mark's flashcards in class...only thing is that I don't print it, I'll show them on my little screen (small class, mind you) and everything is in my faithful thumbdrive. The MP3 as well are all downloaded into that thumbdrive and it does make things easier. I'm using materials from whichever websites that offers them - jazz chants, listening activities with some short discussion and some lead-ins to help them to listen to whatever details that I require from them. It works! Trust me...not immediately but eventually...

Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:38 pm
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