Speaking and Listening Practice Websites

Many of my students have asked me, “Cynthia, how can I improve my speaking skills in English? I don’t have a conversation buddy who is a native English speaker.” So, I hunted for different websites that can help people improve their listening and speaking skills. These are some of the best in the world wide web.


Everyday English in Conversation

Enjoy learning conversational English online!  accompanied with carefully designed exercises, follow the recommended steps and practice at your own pace.


Topics Include:

  • Communication
  • Eating
  • Emotions
  • Fashion
  • Friendship
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Life
  • Memory
  • Money
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Traffic
  • Traveling
  • Vacation
  • Weather
  • Work


Talk English!

TalkEnglish.com developed the “Click, Listen, and Repeat” functionality. In most of the lessons, you read the sentence, click on the sentence to listen to the sentence, and then you can practice speaking by repeating after the audio file provided by a native English speaker. This proven method strengthens your reading, speaking, and listening all at the same time and makes learning English easy. You will improve your English speaking using this method.


Topics Include:

  • Pronunciation Lessons
  • English Speaking Basics
  • Regular English Lessons
  • Business English Lessons
  • Interview English Lessons
  • Travel English Lessons
  • Idioms and Phrases


ESL Fast

This website looks cluttered with ads, but it is helpful for beginners. It features over 25 conversation topics, in which students hear conversations and repeat them for practice.


Some topics include:

I. Small Talk
II. College Life
III. At the Library
IV. Transferring to a University
V. Socializing
VI. Dating
VII. Renting an Apartment
VIII. Taking the Bus
IX. Daily Life
X. Shopping
XI. At the Bank
XII. Food
XIII. At a Restaurant
XIV. Buying a Car
XV. Driving
XVI. Health
XVII. Employment
XVIII. Unemployment
XIX. Travel
XX. At a Hotel
XXI. Buying a House
XXII. Selling a House
XXIII. In a New Neighborhood
XXIV. Crime
XXV. Voting


How/When to Complain

Have you had a bad experience at a restaurant or bought a faulty item from a hop and wanted to complain?

Check out this British website. Read its short article about advantages and disadvantages of different ways of complaining and tell me about a time when you had to complain about something.

Creative Word Walls

Word Walls are a common feature of ESL classrooms because they effectively promote vocabulary development. Many teachers use index words or Post Its to neatly write the words. But what if you and your students are bored of this primitive method? Do you want to incorporate Word Walls in your class website? This is where Wordle comes in.

Wordle is a website that displays the most popular words in a text. You can use it to create a Word Wall of the most frequently used words in a literary work or student work. You can also use it with speeches and current events, which is a great resource for ESL, English, and TOEFL prep classes. It’s a creative way of displaying important vocabulary words and “trending” words/events in your classroom or in your class website.

Wordle is a great resource for the teacher who is 2.0. WordSalad is a Wordle for iPad. It allows you to create these creative Word Walls from your iPad.