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English Exercises for Foreigners: Listening Comprehension – Movies, Songs, Commercials

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers/headphones

Activity Description

Use the site’s movie trailers, songs, and commercials to provide students with exposure to authentic English and practice with listening comprehension.


  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  2. Go to the site and select Trailers, Commercials, or Songs to view the site’s content. The trailers and commercials have cloze and/or multiple choice questions, while the songs are cloze exercises.
  3. Select a video that fits with course content and objectives.
  4. Preview the video and the questions to be sure your computer has the necessary plug-ins to play the video. Also test it on the student computers, if students will be working individually or in pairs.
  5. Decide if you will have students do the exercise individually, in pairs, or as a whole-class activity.


  1. Open a Web browser to the video you selected.
  2. Press the play to watch the video, pausing, rewinding, and re-watching, as needed.
  3. Answer the listening comprehension questions or complete the cloze exercises near the video by selecting answers or typing in the missing words.
  4. Check answers by choosing the Check button.

Teacher Tips

  • Some videos have transcriptions. Some of the site’s content is British English.
  • The site has some advertising, so teach students how to avoid it.

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  • There are also beginning and intermediate Grammar and Vocabulary  exercises, so explore them too.


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.