Academic Listening Online

  • Academic Listening is a series of BBC lectures. There are 12 talks, each about 12 minutes long, on a range of academic topics.
  • Academic Earth offers free online lectures - by academic subject.
  • The TED website offers a fascinating range of online lectures.
  • Using English for Academic Purposes: a guide for students in higher education, by Andy Gillett.
  • The University of Reading has made available a number of lectures for online listening. There are transcripts of the lessons so that you can read and listen at the same time if you feel it will help you. They also have some general tasks to do while you are listening.

 There are many free lectures online from university courses around the world. Not all of them offer transcripts, though.

Try these websites:

  • Freevideolectures
  • Lecturefox
  • Lectures from MIT
  • The Reith Lectures are given every year by some of the most influential people in the UK. In recent years the topics have included Freedom, Science, Politics and China. Free podcasts are available on the site.
  • The Vega Science Trust offers an excellent series of science lectures.
  • Gresham College has a range of academic talks available. Go to the menu section and choose a lecture.
  • Who on earth are we? is a collection of 12 programmes for English learners that look at and explain the theory behind cultural differences. The programmes look at areas such as culture shock, cultural misunderstandings and the differences between individualist and collectivist cultures.
  • The BBC Science Explorer is a collection of fascinating radio programmes about science, featuring documentaries, discussions and interviews with important scientists. Click the link and, if you don't see many programmes, click the tab for "View as a list", near the bottom of the page, on the left-hand side.
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