LyricsTraining is “the new way to learn English and other languages through music and the lyrics of your favourite songs”. You listen to songs and complete gaps in the lyrics.
For example, you might choose “
Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Pick a level from Beginner to Expert. You then get a YouTube video of the song with subtitles, which are missing random words:
Is this the real life?
Is this **** fantasy?
****** in a landslide, ** escape from reality
Open **** ****
Look ** ** the skies and see
Type in the correct words and the song will continue.
It is probably fun for a while, but how much it improves students’ listening skills remains to be seen.
News in Levels has very short news stories in three levels of English. Students can read and listen to the texts.
Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 1:
A whale goes into shallow waters. She is with her calf. She cannot move. This happens in Australia. The calf tries to help her. It pushes her. After 40 minutes, the whale is free. She swims away with her calf.
whale (a big animal which lives in the sea), shallow (not deep; there is not enough water for the whale), calf (the child of an animal such as a whale).
Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 3:
A humpback whale with her calf was filmed east of Brisbane where the mother was stranded in shallow waters. The calf appeared to nudge its mother to help dislodge her to safety.
Fortunately, the whale became free after 40 minutes and could be seen swimming off with her calf.
calf (the baby of an animal such as a whale), stranded (unable to leave), nudge (push, bump against), dislodge (move).
A similar site is
Breaking News English.