“Self-directed listening” sites

Use the following sites for the self-directed listening part of the new IE Active Listening course:

Listening Resources for Language Learners (many of these include transcripts)

Challenging Listening Materials Intended for Natives

These videos may be used for various tasks at each level of IE Active Listening:

IE I Active Listening

Memories and Childhood

Urban Life




IE 2 Active Listening


The Workplace



IE 3 Active Listening

Cross-Cultural Values



You might want to make use of the some of the following resources related to environmental issues as alternatives to YouTube:

  • Ecologist is a British ecological magazine offering videos on environmental issues around the world.
  • Green Channel is part of Discovery Network. It recently featured videos about the world’s greenest homes.
  • Greenpeace International offers videos describing environmental problems and their solutions.
  • National Geographic has videos on environmental issues and animal-related news.
  • 101 East is a program featuring developments in Asia and includes stories about environmental problems.
  • Public Broadcasting Network presents videos from the program “Nature,” on such topics as the American eagle.
  • Scientific American introduces a variety of environmental issues through videos at its website, including a census on jaguars in Central America.

About Jodias

J.V. Dias, an American from San Jose, California, is currently the co-coordinator of the Integrated English (IE) Program and a member of the Communications Unit of Aoyama Gakuin University's English Department. In the last few years he has published articles that appeared in two TESOL texts: Dias, J.V., & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In Teaching Listening: Voices From the Field (N. Ashcraft and A. Tran, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 9-31. AND... Dias, J.V. (2009). A Web of Controversy: Bringing Critical Thinking Skills Online. In Adult language learners: Context and innovation (G. Strong and A. Smith, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 97-105.
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