How can I practise and improve my listening?

This is a question I have been asked by many students in the past. I have often suggested they choose one of the many fascinating podcasts from the BBC Radio 4 website. Podcasts are excellent, because you can listen to them over and over again, pause when you like and rewind when necessary. However, many students often come back to me and say, “I still can’t understand everything.’

This is something I have been thinking about for a while, and I may have found a useful solution.  On BBC iPlayer Radio 4, there is a series called ‘In Touch’ which also offers full transcripts of the podcast.

Below is a link to an interesting one, entitled ‘ Why Can’t I Sleep?’ The podcast is about 20 minutes long and the webpage offers a full transcript. Copy the link below and have a go! Let me know if it makes the listening process any easier at all.



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