QualityTime-ESL

Listening Comprehension Cloze Exercises & Keys

We believe listening comprehension cloze exercises are very useful. Below you have five recorded narratives associated with the following timeless themes:

  • Moral values today, in particular honesty in government affairs, in the media, and in our personal or professional lives
  • The problem of water especially drinking water worldwide and the idea of carrying out a project
  • The gullibility of the public who will believe almost anything conveyed by the media
  • Renewable energies such as solar power
  • The act of accomplishing a feat, i.e. something seemingly impossible.

Five stories that lead to interesting discussions

  • Honesty is the Best Policy tells a story that makes us reflect on the values of our modern society.
  • When the Iceberg Arrives is an excellent introduction to topics such as presenting a project , the protection of natural resources or the consequences of global warming .
  • The End of the World is Near deals with Orson Welles’ hoax in 1938 when he made the US public believe Martians had invaded the country.
  • The Little Car That Could is a good introduction to solar power through a presentation of the first solar-powered car.
  • Lindbergh tells the story of this aviator’s historic solo flight across the Atlantic and opens up the debate about accomplishing feats.

These are five stories that will help students learn or review more than 150 basic structures of the English language

  • Honesty is the Best Policy is written in the simple present and simple past tenses.
  • When the Iceberg Arrives demonstrates present and future tenses and the use of the verb "to have to".
  • The End of the World is Near is full of examples of the simple and continuous past tenses plus the pluperfect tense.
  • The Little Car That Could provides work with numbers, comparisons and prepositions.
  • Lindbergh gives many examples of the use of the gerund.

150 important language structures

In fact, if students memorize these five narratives, they will have learned more than 150 important language structures that will help them when conversing with others, going for a job interview or when taking exams.

Honesty is Still the Best Policy

We have rewritten and re-recorded this text. It is part of the "Your English" podcast series on iTunes. To get the recordings and the exercises in PDF free of charge go to Lesson Plan for "Honesty".

Recordings of the other texts

  • Concerning the other four texts, you will find below the recordings with continuous readings and listen-and-repeat versions below. You can download them directly.
  • The files in the downloadable version or on the DVD are in MS Word, so you can personalize these worksheets very easily, adding translations, information, comments, etc.
  • We recommend that students work on the QualityTime-ESL podcasts with oral drills at the same time. You can download these podcasts free of charge on this website or on iTunes. Just type "Marianne Raynaud" in the search box and you will be able to listen to or subscribe to all four series.

The Four Other Recordings For You To Listen To

To download the recordings below, which are in mp3, just click on the right button of the mouse and choose: "Save to hard drive".

"When the Iceberg Arrives": Present and Future Tenses & the Verb "Have to"

"When the Iceberg Arrives" Continuous recording

MP3 - 1.9 Mb
When the Iceberg Continuous MP3

"When the Iceberg Arrives" Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 4.4 Mb
When the Iceberg Arrives Listen&Repeat MP3

"The End of the World": Simple and Continuous Past plus Pluperfect

"The End of the World Part 1" Continuous recording

MP3 - 2.3 Mb
The End of the World Pt1 MP3

"The End of the World Part 1" Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 2.8 Mb
The End of the World Pt1 Listen & Repeat MP3

"The End of the World Part 2" Continuous recording

MP3 - 1.8 Mb
The End of the World Pt2 MP3

"The End of the World Part 2" Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 3.8 Mb
The End of the World Pt2 Listen & Repeat MP3

"The Little Car That Could": Numbers in a text, comparisons & prepositions

"The Little Car That Could" Continuous recording

MP3 - 1.8 Mb
The Little Car That Could MP3

"The Little Car That Could" Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 2 Mb
The Little Car That Could- Listen&Repeat MP3

"Lindbergh": Gerunds

"Lindbergh" Part 1 Continuous recording

MP3 - 1 Mb
Lindbergh Pt 1 - Continuous MP3

"Lindbergh" Part 1 Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 2.2 Mb
Lindbergh Pt 1 - Listen&Repeat MP3

"Lindbergh" Part 2 Continuous recording

MP3 - 1.3 Mb
Lindbergh Pt 2 - Continuous MP3

"Lindbergh" Part 2 Listen & Repeat recording

MP3 - 2.7 Mb
Lindbergh Pt 2 - Listen&Repeat MP3

Subtitled videos of songs

And we suggest you should visit our song pages—the first one is called subtitled videos of songs with cloze exercises. There are several other pages with subtitled songs for listening comprehension and sing along in class. One is devoted to the Beatles and another to ABBA.

Accompanying written materials

Accompanying written materials (exercises and keys) of these recordings are part of the 1,500 files found in "Qualitytime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book". It is available either as a download for €14.99 or on a DVD - with more audio and even amusing student films for €29.99. Files are in MS Word, MP3 and PDF and can be customized to suit your needs.

To purchase "The Qualitytime-ESL Digital Resource Book" just go to "Ordering the downloadable version or the DVDs (book and film)".)


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