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English Listening Comprehension Recordings

language laboratory catalog

Advanced Listening Comprehension
EN 1.031
Academic lectures on a variety of topics; good for developing aural and note-taking skills; for advanced students; text available.
Each lecture: 15–20 minutes
Total time: 4 hours 46 minutes

Better Listening Skills
EN 1.021
Recorded lectures on academic subjects; very good for students who are having difficulty understanding English in the classroom; for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Each lecture: 6–13 minutes
Total time: 44 minutes 18 seconds

Everyday Dialogues in English
EN 1.032
New, revised edition of dialogues to acquaint students with the vocabulary and idiomatic forms used in everyday situations; for beginning-intermediate students; text available.
Each dialogue: 4–5 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Expressways 3-B English for Communication
EN 1.042
A functional English program for students who have been exposed to the essentials of intermediate-level grammar and who have mastered the usage of English for everyday life situations; audio program offers realistic presentation of dialogues for chapters 10–18 of the text Expressways and selected guided conversation exercises in the Student Course Book; tapes are designed to be used interactively, so that the recorded voice serves as the student’s speaking partner; text, Student Course Book and companion Workbook available.
Each lesson: 30–40 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 21 minutes

EN 1.034
Conversational English for upper-intermediate and more advanced students; 12 units designed to teach students (1) to talk about feelings; (2) to understand the feelings being expressed by others; (3) to express feelings in a wide variety of situations; British language and cultural references are used.
Each unit: 2–3 minutes
Total time: 34 minutes

Improve Your English: English in the Workplace
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD  -  EN 1.054
Stephen Brown and Ceil Lucas (2009)
English in the Workplace, part of McGraw-Hill's Improve Your English series, is a video designed to help non-native Engish speakers understand everyday spoken English in the context of the workplace and comprised of a series of intereviews with people in various jobs, from librarian to office manager. The interviewees answer a series of questions on various topics, including job applications and proper work attire. Complete transcript of interviews included in accompanying book.
In English
2 hours 19 minutes

EN 1.009
Unrehearsed interviews with Americans (a veterinarian, a police officer, a professional baseball player) on the subject of their jobs; spoken at normal speed; uses fairly advanced vocabulary; text available.
Each interview: approx. 8 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 24 minutes

It’s All in a Day’s Work
EN 1.017
Introduces semi-technical words and word forms related to various professions, includes exercises for oral practice, listening comprehension, dictations, composition topics; for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Each lesson: 20–30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes

It’s Up To You
EN 1.008
This recording, subtitled “Language Skills and Strategies for Getting a Job,” guides the intermediate student in the conversations typical of the job-finding process: telephone contact, application procedures, personal introductions and interview topics; text available.
Total time: 45 minutes 22 seconds

Listening In and Speaking Out
EN 1.018
Spontaneous conversations, arguments and jokes spoken at normal speed; intermediate and advanced levels available with text; many exercises to check comprehension.
Each intermediate unit: 3–4 minutes; total time: 40 minutes
Each advanced unit: 2–3 minutes; total time: 34 minutes

Listening in the Real World
EN 1.028
Very short but rapid conversations; good practice for the student who has difficulty understanding casual speech on the street; for beginning-intermediate students; 3 copies of text available.
Each lesson: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Dialogues: 1 hour 35 minutes

Listening Tasks
EN 1.037
Public address announcements, telephone exchanges, dialogues, and other short recordings of people speaking naturally with normal pauses, hesitations and interruptions; practical topics include: calling about an apartment, catching a plane, handling an emergency; students listen to tape then perform simple tasks such as labeling a diagram or map and filling in a form or chart; for low-intermediate and intermediate students; student book and teacher’s manual with answer key available
Each unit: 2–3 minutes
Total time: 52 minutes

Mosaic I
EN 1.040
Designed for intermediate to high-intermediate students, this text teaches study skills and language functions while maintaining a strong focus on listening and speaking; active listening activities based on short but realistic academic lectures and sample conversations for comprehension practice; variety of natural speaking activities to reinforce use in context of language functions; cassette program contains the lectures and sample conversations for each of the chapters plus some explanatory comments; text and tapescript available.
Average lesson: 12–14 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Mosaic II
EN 1.041
Designed for high-intermediate to low-advanced students; format of program same as Mosaic I; text and tapescript available.
Average lesson: 15–20 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

National Public Radio Broadcasts
EN 1.033
Six radio broadcasts made in the late 70’s and in the early 80’s on a variety of topics; for advanced students.


Kurt Vonnegut: A Self-Interview – 29.40
Martin Luther King, Jr: The Prolonged Dream – 18.06
Modern Folklore – 30.04
Noam Chomsky – 30.22
Robert Frost – 28.38
The American Scene: Comments by Jean Shepherd – 30.40

Prose and Passion
EN 1.020
“A lyrical approach to the mastery of spoken English;” very lively presentations: songs, drama; good for intermediate-advanced students; text available.
Total time: 29 minutes

Speak Business English Like an American
EN 1.055
Book and audio CD featuring over 350 of the most common American English business idioms and expressions, with accompanying exercises and answer key; includes conversations related to various business situations such as running a meeting, discussing business decisions, performance reviews, etc.
Total time: 48 minutes

Whaddya Say?
EN 1.029
Gives practice in understanding informal, relaxed English within a variety of everyday dialogues: at the laundromat, at the bus stop, looking for an apartment; transcription exercises; for intermediate students; text available.
Each lesson: 6–9 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 55 minutes