English listening lessons are recorded texts used by those learning English as a second language or striving to increase their understanding of the English language and broaden their vocabulary. Lessons are structured for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, including questions for the listener to answer based on her understanding of what she's heard. Lessons usually include a written version of the lesson and a related glossary. English listening lessons are readily available on the Internet and through local libraries.
Listening lessons often focus on more challenging aspects of the English language, including homonyms and idioms, provided in context to assist the learner in determining the correct meaning. Among the variety of basic listening lessons available from 5 Minute English is a lesson focused solely on idioms and phrases using the word "dog." Basic lessons available from 5 Minute English are usually recorded as telephone conversations around specific topics, such as movies, chores and the weather, each followed by questions so the listener can assess his comprehension of what he heard.
An "angry" listening lesson, available on TalkEnglish.com, is followed by questions such as, "Why is the person in the story angry?" or, "How is he going to solve his problem and who is going to help?" Answers are provided in a multiple-choice format.
English learners can also create their own listening opportunities, such as recording and listening to news broadcasts or asking a friend to read out loud or record a short story. The learner can move on to songs and movies, which offer more challenging listening opportunities due to speed and background noises.