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16 great websites for free audiobooks

16 great websites for free audiobooks | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Our picks for the best free audiobook websites so you can listen whenever (and wherever) free of charge.
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Places to listen to English books free
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47 Animated Videos Explain the History of Ideas: From Aristotle to Sartre

This year we’ve been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? What is love? How can I know anything at all?
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 17, 2015 2:35 AM

Ultra-short, beautifully put together. Excellent teaching resource

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Podcast: Serial

Podcast: Serial | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
A new podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story. Told week by week. Hosted by Sarah Koenig.
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Totally gripping 12-episode true-life podcast.  Suitable for higher level learners.

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Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify

Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Where music goes, technologically speaking, audio books soon follow. We've had audio books on vinyl LP, on cassette tape, on CD, and on MP3, just like we've had music.
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Listening resources for learning and teachers

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Roselink's curator insight, March 12, 2016 5:37 AM

Listening resources for learning and teachers

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Free Audio: 46 Minute Reading from Dave Eggers’ New Novel, The Circle

Free Audio: 46 Minute Reading from Dave Eggers’ New Novel, The Circle | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, has a new book coming out in early October, The Circle, a novel about 'a young woman who goes to work at an omnipotent technology company and gets sucked into a corporate culture...
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525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Download 525 free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
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Lots of English audiobooks in mp3 format

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Anne Macdonell's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:30 PM

nice and free

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 1:04 AM

Great way to have fun and enhance listening skills.

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Audio Video resources

Audio Video resources | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Audio and video resources for the classroom - all ages

Young Learner to adult
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:06 PM

Des liens vers des ressources audio/vidéo pour les apprenants d'anglais

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Podcasts gratuits pour apprendre l'anglais

Podcasts gratuits pour apprendre l'anglais | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Voici un répertoire de sites qui proposent gratuitement des flux de fichiers audio (ou vidéo) pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais.

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Une bonne vingtaine de sites, y compris portails, cours pour objectifs spécifiques, jeunes apprenants francophones.  If you can't find anything to suit, you're not trying.

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Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn's curator insight, January 5, 2013 12:51 PM

for English and other languages.

sarspri's curator insight, January 9, 2013 2:36 AM

The initial commentary is in French, but the list of podcasting resources for learning English is quite accessible.

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English Pronunciation resources: Okanagan University College

English Pronunciation resources: Okanagan University College | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Thirteen lessons on English phonemes and phonemic contrasts with mp3 files, PDFs and answer keys.

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30+ Podcasts for English Language Teachers & Their Students

30+ Podcasts for English Language Teachers & Their Students | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Nice list from the Consultants-e (Gavin Dudeney & Nicky Hockly) of podcasts for teaching and learning English (BBC, VOA, ESL pod and more).


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Shaz J's comment, July 30, 2012 4:34 PM
Fantastic, I've just been looking for something like this! Thank you kindly.
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English vowels: UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive

You can listen to the different vowel sounds of American English (heed, hayed, hid ...) by different speakers recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.  Helpful for learning to differentiate similar vowels for listening/speaking, or for phonetics.

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Listen | StoryCorps

Listen | StoryCorps | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages."

Via Nathan Hall

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Tiny Texts

Tiny Texts | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish..."

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This looks like a nice site: bite-sized English lessons - authentic news texts with audio, and a PDF with vocabulary and cloze exercises.
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Welcome to Lit2Go ETC

Welcome to Lit2Go ETC | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

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Audio and text, out of copyright titles (Huckleberry Finn and the Wizard of Oz ...)

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The best podcasts for stories, fiction and poetry

The best podcasts for stories, fiction and poetry | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
The best story and poetry podcasts including short stories, readings of fiction and real-life dramas, selected and updated by Pete Naughton
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Pete Naughton of the Telegraph has these podcast recommendations. Suitable for higher level adult learners, on a variety of literary topics

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Roselink's curator insight, March 12, 2016 5:37 AM

Pete Naughton of the Telegraph has these podcast recommendations. Suitable for higher level adult learners, on a variety of literary topics

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Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages.
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Lots of resources here ...

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mrsamberreece's curator insight, February 25, 2015 5:56 AM

Look here for hard to find econ books

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Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More from Open Culture

Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More from Open Culture | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Santa left a new Kindle, iPad or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media -- great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest.
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NIce collection of links and tips.

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5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers:

5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers: | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Free services for creating audio recordings: Vocaroo, SoundCloud, AudioPal, AudioBoo and Record MP3.  

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:25 AM

Obvious applications for language learning and teaching.

jillyfrees's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:11 AM

So much good stuff, Shona! Tag it 'audio tools' in Evernote and review what you use  - I'm enjoying the ease of use of Soundcloud at the moment, but it has some weird 'behaviours'.

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Vobok - Audio broadcast app

Vobok - Audio broadcast app | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Share what you have to say to your followers. Give news, updates, advice, tips, tricks, previews, and more. Share with Facebook and Twitter, and support your broadcasts with trending Topics and imagery.


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Susan's comment, May 23, 2013 3:02 AM
Great for oral and listening practice
RitaZ's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:48 AM

Good for listening and speaking practice!

kathy dressel's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:30 AM

add to list of free apps

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Réaliser une interview à distance, et la publier

Réaliser une interview à distance, et la publier | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Interroger un chercheur éloigné, discuter avec un correspondant d'un autre pays, rencontrer un écrivain à distance ? En cours de sciences, de langues ou de lettres, il est possible de réaliser une conférence téléphonique. Et pourquoi ne pas la mettre en ligne sur internet ?


Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL
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Pas à pas pour enregistrer une conversation Skype, l'éditer avec Audacity puis mettre en ligne avec SoundCloud ou DailyMotion. L'utilité pour les apprenants de langue est évidente.

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Record mp3: record live audio and get an mp3

Record mp3: record live audio and get an mp3 | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Record mp3: record live audio and get an mp3 


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Jon Samuelson's curator insight, December 25, 2012 12:04 AM

Looks like a quick easy way to record....

Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 26, 2012 1:47 AM

Language teachers and language learners benefit from easy access to tailormade audio recordings ...

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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

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Loudlit.org has a collection of audio books, many retrieved from Project Gutenberg with audio via Librivox.org.

 

Here you can read along to the audio of Dicken's Great Expectations.

 

Unless you're a big fan of classic fiction, this is going to seem like hard work for language learning, but it's a good resource for general language input for upper intermediate and advanced learners (listen regularly for a short period).  You can also work on a short section using the shadow reading technique, where you keep the volume quite low and try to read aloud with the reader; this helps fluency and intonation.  Otherwise you can just listen and note words which are not pronounced as you expected, and look for patterns there.

 

Loudlit also has children's literature and poetry sections.

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Jay Kay's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:14 AM

Wonderful for that long flight, or that commute in traffic

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Introduction to phonetics: University of Lausanne

Introduction to phonetics: University of Lausanne | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

An online course in phonetics (IPA, consonants, vowels) with text, diagrams and some embedded audio files.

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The International Phonetic Alphabet - Audio Illustrations

The International Phonetic Alphabet - Audio Illustrations | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Interactive IPA charts with illustrative sound files from the University of Victoria.

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450 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

450 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Via Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn, Laurence Bernard
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